Since 2010, our tax revenues plummeted significantly due to the economic recession. Net assessed property values dropped by more than 22% without an increase in the tax levy high enough to offset the revenue loss. This resulted in lower taxes being collected and the elimination of any capital investing, which would normally be used to pay for capital equipment. During this period our employees’ salaries were frozen but our operating costs continued to rise. Now that we’re coming out of the recession, our revenue is increasing, but because of the levy cap, we’re unable to raise the funding needed to replace the apparatus we need to do our jobs.