As Chesterfield Township grapples with a budget shortfall, several officials interest in putting a tax-increase proposal back to voters.
A majority of voters turned down the ballot measure last November for an additional 2.5 mills for police to be collected indefinitely. That would have added to the existing 5 mills collected in perpetuity for the force.
If the matter goes back to the public during an election, community officials acknowledged it should have a time cap. The length and wording of any potential ballot language has not been determined.
About 250 people showed up for the Tuesday night Board of Trustees meeting, many of whom were opposed to layoffs on the force. A moratorium on the staff reductions was placed for a maximum of 90 days while the community tries to find a solution to the $1.9-million looming deficit. Multiple officials say the layoffs will be imminent without a tax increase.
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