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COUNCIL REJECTS PROPOSED TAX RATE INCREASE

(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council on Monday night voted down a proposal that would increase the city’s tax rate for the Cumulative Capital Development Fund.  That fund largely supplies equipment for first responders…things like police cars and fire trucks.  The essential need right now is for RPD patrol cars.  Council rejected the tax increase by a 7-2 vote.  "I know you guys need them.  We want to get them for you.  I just don't want to do it with extra taxes," said Council President Jamie Lopeman.  Misty Hollis said RPD would still be able to get new cruisers this year.  "We have the dollars to get the equipment that you need for this year.  We just need to work with the administration to make sure that that happens."  Five new police cars have been budgeted for this year.



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