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Norwalk police committed to keeping city safe

• Oct 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM

NTOE: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Norwalk Police Chief Mike Conney:

The mission of the Norwalk Police Department is to enforce the law and provide quality service to the citizens of Norwalk. The men and women of your police department have been striving daily to fulfill this mission. I am honored and proud to work with such great people, people who are willing to sacrifice and put the needs of others before their own. We work closely with our community, and because of this, we have enjoyed a great deal of support from our citizens.

We are asking for your continuing support on Nov. 6 through the passage of the police replacement levy. The current .09 mill property tax levy has been in place since 1976, but doesn’t adjust for inflation; it automatically renews at property valuations from 1976. There has been no increase in the levy for 42 years, and current valuations can only be updated through a replacement levy. If everything it takes to maintain an effective police force cost the same now as it did in 1976, we would not be seeking an adjustment to the levy. Passage of the replacement levy would enhance the safety of our community by providing the funding needed for an additional full-time officer and increasing quality training for all department members; it would also ease the financial burden of maintaining our facility and all essential equipment as well.

Thank you for your support and know that your police department is committed to keeping Norwalk a safe and great place to live. If you have any questions concerning the levy or any other matter of concern, please feel free to call me at 419-663-6780.

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