Fairborn holds citizens forums, hopes to raise police and fire funds

Fairborn holds citizens forums, hopes to raise police and fire funds
An Iowa firefighter lost his two-story home Saturday when it was engulfed in flames.

The Fairborn Police and Fire Departments have an increased need to raise funds as the size of the community grows and the budget to serve the community diminishes.

Rob Anderson, city manager of Fairborn, says the city will be holding a series of citizen forums to educate the community on the need to increase police and fire personnel — and plans to do so through an income tax levy.

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Fairborn residents will see a half percent increase in income tax, which is projected to raise $4.8 million a year.

The fixed levy will span 10 years.

Anderson said the city considered the most appropriate way to raise funds before deciding on a route that won't affect all members of the community.

“Our senior citizens, folks on fixed income, folks that receive any type of assistance don’t need to pay that tax, so we’re not putting a burden on folks that are on fixed income,” Anderson said.

Those who work in the jurisdiction but don't live there will be taxed under an income tax.

The first of four forums was held Wednesday evening and the remaining three will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 4 and Feb.13.

Locations have yet to be determined.

“Income tax is dynamic,” Anderson said. “It can grow with us as we grow as a community.”