Initiative Financial Details

Summary of Recommendation
The 1/2 cent dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax approved in April 2011 is estimated to raise $3 million dollars annually. The following information is how the annual funding is to be spent:
Amount
How the Money Will Be Spent
$1,375,000
New Digital Radio System/Renovated Facilities (Annual Debt Service Payment)
1,381,250
Additional Personnel, Operating, and Equipment (On-Going Costs)
243,750
8% Reserve – Contingency (Debt Service and Operating)
$3,000,000
Total Estimated Revenue Available for Proposed Expenditures

Bond Issuance
The City Council will issue a bond to make the proposed capital improvements. A bond is debt issued against future funds generated by the Sales Tax. With a dedicated sales tax, the total bonding capacity for projects over 20 years is $18,390,000.

The proposal includes an 8% reserve fund pay our commitments should revenue conditions fluctuate. The initiative contains 3 separate components. A breakdown of these components is listed by equipment, personnel, and facilities.

Equipment
Amount
Equipment
$7,200,000
P25 Digital Radio System / Communications
2,000,000
Dispatch Center (Equipment Only)
$9,200,000
Total Proposed Equipment Expenditures

Additional Equipment Amounts
Amount
Equipment
$100,000
Radio System Maintenance Fee
$50,000
Patrol Cars
$110,000
Digital In-Car Cameras
$260,000
Annual Proposed Equipment Maintenance Expenditures

System Inclusions
This new digital communications system will:
  • Replace the 20-year-old radio system to comply with the unfunded 2013 FCC mandate
  • Provide officers with a system that allows them to communicate directly with area emergency responders
  • Make radio coverage comprehensive citywide
Personnel
Amount
Personnel
$409,763
7 New Patrol Officers
$232,034
2 Street Crime Officers and 1 Assistant/Deputy Chief
$157,420
4 Detention Staff
$39,355
1 Animal Control Officer
$142,895
1 Radio Specialist and 1 Evidence Property Custodian
$981,467
Annual Operating Costs for Additional Personnel

Inclusions
This new personnel will:
  • Effect response times to emergency and non-emergency calls
  • Provide more on-duty officers in neighborhoods and retail locations around the clock
  • Provide more hours to animal control and evidence and property
Facilities
Amount
Facilities
$8,200,000
Public Safety Building Renovation and Expansion
990,000
Capital Project Contingency
$9,190,000
Total Proposed Facility Expenditure
$125,000
Annual Increase in Building Operating Expense

Renovation Inclusions
This facility renovation and expansion will add space for detention, dispatch, evidence retention, and a temporary animal control holding area.