Public Safety Sales Tax
1/2 Cent Public Safety Sales Tax Facts Sheet
- In 2000 Lebanon had 12,155 residents. In 2018, it is estimated that Lebanon has 14,807 residents. That's a total growth of 2,652 people. Lebanon is growing and more funding is required to match that growth.
- Currently, 61 percent of the city's general fund goes to public safety.
- Funding would be able to provide police officers and firefighters with fair pay.
- In the next five years, the fire department will need to replace approximately $3.2 million in fire apparatuses.
- In 2018, our citizens voted to pay for a new Emergency Services Facility on the west side of town. At our current level of funding, revenue is not available to staff a new facility. To adequately staff the facility would require the addition of four police officers and six fire fighters.
- The total number of calls for service to the police department has increased annually. In 2014, 24, 313 calls were taken. In 2018 that number was 33,044 and year to date this year, we are already at 29,257. The fire department too 2,175 calls in 2017 and 2,284 in 2018.
- The average age of the large fire department vehicle fleet is 13.75 years old. Ladder 1 (100 foot ladder) is 16 years old. Ladder 2 (75-foot ladder) is 11 years old. Engine 1 is 15 years old and Squad 2 is 13 years old.
- The tax would create approximately $1.7 million in funding per year
- The current sales tax rate in Lebanon is 7.413, with approval of the sales tax our rate would become 7.913. Currently Lebanon’s tax rate is lower than surrounding and comparable cities. Even with the increase, our tax rate would still be lower than Springfield, Bolivar, Waynesville and St. Robert.
- The ballot language is as follows:
Shall the City of Lebanon impose a citywide sales tax of one-half of one percent (1/2%) for the purpose of improving the public safety of the city?
- The sales tax will be dedicated to expenditures for public safety. It will be based on the sales of goods/services, not property ownership and visitors and citizens alike will pay the tax.
- Emergency service providers need body cameras, fleet maintenance and replacement, improved radio network inside the schools, a computer forensics lab and enhanced computer technology in vehicles