June 26, 2016

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Brunswick electors approve 0.5 percent income-tax measure

Brunswick voters said yes to four more years of a 0.5 percent income tax expected to bring in about $4 million annually to the city.

The income tax voters cast ballots for on Tuesday won’t go into effect until January of 2014, and it lasts for four more years, until December of 2017.

Safety and Environment Chair Vince Carl, Ward 2, was thankful for the support.

“I’m ecstatic the residents of Brunswick renewed this levy, it’s for the safety of our city,” he said.

The city has estimated the cuts would mean the elimination of 33 to 37 full-time police and firefighters, Carl said the cuts would have come close to slashing the city’s safety forces in half. He said the levy also has the added bonus of boosting the city’s bond rating.

“It allows us to also improve our bond rating because we have a continuous stream of income,” Carl said.

Voters who receive retirement benefits or social security will not be impacted by the renewal. Other voters who currently pay the income tax won’t see an increase, as the measure will only continue the tax for another four years.

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