Voters in Stow will decide on tax hike to fund more police in schools and community

STOW, Ohio - Voters in Stow will decide in November if the municipal income tax should be increased from 2 percent to 2.25 percent. The money, roughly $1.6 million, would be earmarked for law enforcement.

Stow Mayor Sara Drew said the number of police officers in Stow is far below the number of officers compared to similar cities in Ohio.

The newly-formed city safety committee wants more police in the community as well as in and around schools.

"The tragedy in New England was the true impedes," said Stow-Munroe Falls High School Principal Chris DiMauro.

The income tax levy would allow the city to add roughly 10 police officers. It would also allow for the formation of a school security division within the department. A second school resource officer would be added at the high school.

"I would be willing to pay more for my kids, my son will be going to kindergarten in a couple of years. I want to go to work and fell safe that he is fins," said teacher and mother Tatiana Jordan.

"I do believe in protecting the kids. I don't know if the right way to go about it is by increasing taxes," said Dixie Sherrell.

In neighboring Brimfield Township, the schools are cashing in on the popularity of the police chief and Facebook page , The department sells shirts and mugs with catch phrases from the witty chief. [See items here: http://on.wews.com/1d3w1iR ]

The money helps support increased school security. There are two school resource officers, there are panic alarms in schools. Cameras and intercoms are also planned as well as concrete bollards in front of school buildings.

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