Dear Benld Residents,
Last year, the Benld City Council unanimously approved placing a referendum asking the residents of Benld to increase their property taxes to make the police department more financially solvent. On April 2 you will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to approve this referendum to increase your property taxes 42 cents per $100 of your home’s taxable value (which is 1/3 of your home’s fair cash value less your exemptions). This referendum, if approved, will fund and make the Benld Police Department more financially solvent and prevent outsourcing of police services.
I am writing this letter to make a pledge to you that if the referendum is passed, I as an Alderman, will not vote in favor of any measure to dissolve our city’s police department and I will not vote to contract services of our police department to any other municipality for as long I am a member of the Benld City Council. If the tax increase measure is not passed, I will do everything in my power as one voting member on the Benld City Council to propose solutions and try solve the financial insolvency of our police department for as long as I am a member of the Benld City Council. The decision of the referendum is solely based on the voters of Benld. If the tax increase is not approved by the voters, the city council cannot institute the proposed tax.
Very Truly Yours,
Peyton M. Bernot