Swansea residents may see property tax increases soon - KMOV.com

Swansea residents may see property tax increases soon

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SWANSEA (KMOV) – Residents in Swansea may soon see their property bills go up. City leaders are proposing a tax increase that would cost the average homeowner about $26 more each year.

Village Trustee Matt Lanter says the funds will go towards new equipment for police and fire as well as funding for a school resource officer.

“The reality is no matter if it's our car at home or a fire truck, 30 years is long time for a mechanical piece of equipment to be used and expected to be reliable,” explained Lanter, who also works as a volunteer fire fighter.

One of the department’s fire trucks is 30 years old. He said this tax increase is necessary to make citizens safer.

“Less than 50 cents a day all those services are provided, so still pretty inexpensive, so it’s kind of a bargain,” he said.

An owner of a $100,000 home would see their bills increase by about two dollars a month.

Village leaders are holding a public hearing Monday night at 5:30 to hear from citizens about the proposed increase. The board is expected to vote at their December 7 meeting.

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