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Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board
In May 2009, the Mayor and City Council re-established the Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board based on feedback from citizens.  This Board was charged with providing both short and long term recommendations regarding public safety in Blue Springs.

In September 2010, the City Council asked the Board to provide an assessment and recommendations for law enforcement needs in Blue Springs.

To learn more about the Board, click here.

Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board analysis

The board’s analysis showed the following:

  • Outdated primary/emergency radio communications system that is not compliant with the unfunded 2013 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Narrowbanding Mandate that requires compliance by January 1, 2013.
  • Current radio system is over 20 years old, replacement parts are hard to locate and officers cannot directly communicate with other emergency responders
  • Increase in calls requiring multiple officers
  • Increased number of times when all officers are committed and unavailable to respond to calls
  • Current staffing is below the regional average for full time officers per thousand residents
  • An outdated and space deficient facility for current and future public safety requirements.

Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board recommendation
In November 2010, the Board recommended a dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax to address the needs found in their assessment. The board reviewed the City’s existing sales tax rate, best practices of other metro cities and capital and operating needs before giving this recommendation.

To view the presentation, click here.

The Public Safety Advisory Board, made up of Blue Springs citizens, is charged with oversight of the tax.  The Advisory Board will make regularly scheduled reports to the City Council on spending of funds collected by the tax and report on performance goals.

If passed, revenues from the public safety sales tax will only be used for public safety purposes.  The tax cannot be used for other General Fund programs or services. 

City of Blue Springs
903 West Main Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015

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