Safety Services Levy Information – Issue 2
THANK YOU, Willoughby for your support of Issue 2!
The Need: Keeping our families, neighborhoods and city safe
Willoughby’s first responders face a number of challenges as they strive to keep our families, our neighborhoods, and our city safe and secure:
- A police headquarters facility that is unable to meet the changing demands of modern law enforcement because of its age, design and operating deficiencies.
- The current headquarters has limited space for needed improvements to a growing dispatch center, new technologies, mandated jail requirements and law enforcement workflow.
- A ladder truck that has been in service long beyond its normal life expectancy of 20 years.
- The ongoing need to replace police and fire vehicles, equipment, and capital assets as they age.
The Solution: Comprehensive Safety Services Plan
After consulting with nationally respected police facilities experts and carefully considering all options, including renovating the existing station and building new, city leaders drafted a comprehensive, cost-effective safety services plan that includes:
- Acquiring and converting the former Meister Media Building (37733 Euclid Ave) into a modern facility that has space for police training, a jail that complies with state mandates, and an expanded dispatch center with improved technology and equipment. Over the last 10 years, calls have increased 25% for each agency.
- Acquiring a new ladder truck that will enhance the fire department’s ability to protect homes and businesses.
- Creating a sustainable revenue stream that will enable the city to meet the future capital needs of our first responders.
The Cost: An investment in Willoughby’s future
Guided by a commitment to public safety, City Council unanimously voted in January to place Issue 2, a continuous 2.5 mills continuous property tax levy, on the ballot. Residents will be able to vote on the levy in the May 2, 2023 election.
- Issue 2 will cost $88 per $100,000 of appraised home value annually.
- Issue 2 will be partially offset when the existing .5 mil fire levy expires in May of 2024
- Issue 2 cannot be used for wages or benefits.
For More Information
Call City Hall: 440.951.2800
Send Email: email@example.com
Download Levy Information Palm Card
Attend Community Information Meeting: Wednesday, April 28th at 7 pm at Senior Center