NEW LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – The tax levy for the New Lebanon Police passed comfortably Tuesday.
The New Lebanon Police Chief says passing the tax levy there is crucial to fighting the heroin epidemic.
Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to approve or deny a property tax levy.
The measure will cost those who own an $80,000 home an average of 27 cents a day.
The department has a seven person crew, including the chief. Chief Rickie Dalton says the levy will help keep a current officer on duty and fund a new hire.
The village receives around 4,000 calls to dispatch annually and with a growing opiate problem, Dalton is concerned about getting a handle on things.
“It’s a big problem. We have seen a huge increase in overdoses because of the heroin and we have a lot of burglaries and theft calls related to the heroin,” said Dalton.
Property taxes are a tough sell for people on a tight budget or who believe in limited government. Dalton hopes residents vote with their conscience.
This is the first police department levy in 20 years.