Monroe City Council passed legislation to seek, on the Nov. 2017 ballot, an increase in the City’s income tax rate from 1.5% to 2.0%, with a credit to residents, and their dependents, who own their home within the City.  Council has dedicated the increase to Public Safety (.35%) and Capital Improvements (.15%) in the legislation. 

Increasing the tax rate will provide the funding necessary to address the growing needs of our community.  Costs for addressing the areas in response to population growth for services and infrastructure have been outpacing our revenue, making it difficult to maintain standard levels and unfeasible to fund the other areas requested by our residents such as developing new park facilities and other amenities. 

Specifically, the directed funds for Public Safety will be utilized for the following purposes:

·         Maintain staffing levels within the Fire Department after a grant, which currently funds 7 firefighter/paramedics, expires in 2019;

·         Construct a new facility to house the Police Department;

·         Increase staffing levels within the Police Department. 

The directed funds for Capital Improvements will provide a dedicated source of revenue to insure the maintenance and further development of City Infrastructure, from roads and bridges to parks and amenities. 

The rate increase is estimated to generate $2.2M in additional revenue annually.  A breakdown of how that the revenue will be used is below.


Council has directed that the increase be voted on during the Nov. 2017 election for implementation on January 1, 2018.  If you have any questions related to the increase, please contact us at 513.360.2200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Members of Council and Staff will gladly attend any gathering that you may have to further explain this ballot initiative.  

February 2017 Facility Study