Flint mayor to ask for more tax money to fund police
Flint has seen it's murder rate soar this year, while at the same time the city has been forced to layoff police officers. Mayor Dayne Walling has been talking about asking voters to support a new police millage. The Flint Journal is reporting, tonight Walling plans to put his plan before the Flint city council.
The Journal posted this on it's website this afternoon:
The 6-mill tax would be "solely for the purpose of public safety services, including a city-wide community police program, operation of a city jail, and fire protection services," according to information from the mayor's office. The measure would increase Flint residents' taxes by 4 mills, since it would replace the current 2-mill neighborhood police millage. The proposal comes days after 20 Flint police officers were laid off Friday. A homeowner with a taxable value of $19,700 — the city's average — will see an increase of $78.80 a year.