In addition to the levies provided for in this Article XII, commencing with the tax list and duplicate for the year 1996, the Council is hereby granted the authority, without a vote of the people, to levy taxes annually upon the tax lists or duplicates of property assessed and listed for taxation according to value, an amount not in excess of 4.5 mills per dollar of assessed valuation, for the purpose of providing operating funds and equipment funds for the Mentor-on-the-Lake Police and Fire Departments.  The amount of taxes in each year so levied pursuant to this section shall not be subject to the limitations on the rate of taxation provided in this Charter and shall be in addition to any taxes levied by Council pursuant to any provision of this Charter or the general laws of the State of Ohio.  There is hereby established a special revenue fund of the Municipality, to be known as the "Police and Fire Department Operating and Equipment Fund," into which the proceeds of the tax levied pursuant to this section shall be deposited.  Moneys credited to that revenue fund shall be used only for the purposes of operating funds and equipment purchases for the Mentor-on-the-Lake Police and Fire Departments.
(Enacted 11-5-96)