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Dispatch transfer could lead to more officers on city streets

6:31 PM, May 5, 2013
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A deal to combine the city's dispatch center with the county's will leave the city enough tax money each year to put more police officers on the street.

Stevens Point officials say the city will only have to reduce its levy, the amount it taxes property owners, by $430,000 per year as part of the deal, much less than the $552,000 the city said it costs to run its dispatch center. The city's taxing ability will be reduced and the county's taxing ability will be increased as part of the deal.

That $430,000 is a relatively small portion, about 1/28th, of a roughly $14.2 million levy. ...

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