Beavercreek residents will vote on a 1.8 mills police levy on the May 2023 ballot. Funds generated by the levy will be used to maintain and increase the police department’s service levels, including the hiring of 5 additional police officers, as well as purchasing and maintaining needed equipment. The requested levy amount does not include funding to build a new facility for the police department.
If approved, the levy would raise property taxes beginning in 2024 by $63 per $100,000 of appraised property value.
What will the police levy provide?
- Hire 5 additional police officers
- Maintain and increase the Beavercreek Police Department’s service levels
- Purchase and maintain needed equipment
What will it cost?
- A 1.8-mills levy would raise property taxes beginning in 2024 by $63 per $100,000 of appraised property value
Why 5 additional police officers?
- Current authorized staffing levels includes 50 police officers to protect and serve a city of nearly 47,000 residents
- Depending on shift, there are typically 4 to 6 officers on duty at a time
- One incident, such as a car crash, can require the response of 2 or more officers
- FBI data suggests the police department should have 68 police officers
- Increasing calls for service and traffic activity associated with two major shopping areas, I-675 and U.S. 35, expanding business and residential sectors, and proximity to Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Ohio’s largest single-site employer)
- Beavercreek has one of the lowest officer-to-resident ratios when compared to many surrounding police departments
When was the last time the city requested new funding for police?
- The last time voters approved additional funding for the Beavercreek Police Department was in 2014
- Economic conditions affect a levy’s cycle primarily due to inflationary factors, for police this includes salaries, equipment, fuel, etc.
- At the beginning of a levy cycle, levy revenues exceed expenditures until inflationary factors cause expenses to outpace funds generated by the levy
- Once expenses exceed a levy’s revenue, the city uses funds that accumulated at the beginning of the levy cycle to balance the budget
- Due to the levy cycle effect, the city’s police levy fund shows expenditures are outpacing revenue, projections show this trend will continue without additional funding
Why another police levy?
- Approximately $8.98 million or 75% of the police department’s budget is used for personnel costs
- The Beavercreek Police Department is primarily funded by property tax levies, which represents approximately 92% of the department’s funding
- City voted levies are fixed, meaning the amount the city receives from voted levies does not change based on the county auditor’s reappraisal or home value
- Historically, property tax revenue grows on an average of 2% or less per year, but inflationary factors on expenses are projected to well exceed 2%