Linda will insure Police and Fire have the necessary manning and equipment to protect our citizen’s safety. No longer will cuts in public safety be used as a threat to increase taxes and fees. Linda’s solution is to prioritize staffing and maintenance of equipment and buildings.
Linda will implement a program to replace vehicles on a regular basis. This will allow our Police and Fire vehicles to be replaced on a regular rotating basis rather than wait until our equipment is obsolete or unusable. Never again will we have to bond for an entire fleet and add greater debt to the taxpayer. Year end surplus money will be reinvested into the Police and Fire Departments not turned into general fund money to be used for stipends and pay raises. Every grant opportunity for equipment will be aggressively pursued to supplement and enhance our city’s commitment to maintaining and replacing vehicles. We must invest in our city; we must give our Police and Fire adequate equipment to protect our lives and property.
Linda will insure that our dependency on grants to maintain manning levels is replaced by city funding that can sustain safe staffing levels. Grants will be used to supplement, not maintain safe manning levels to protect our city and our police and fire personnel. The time of public safety staffing being dependent on grants will be gone. We will still aggressively seek any and all public safety grants, those grants will be used to add additional personnel to our staffing compliments, not bring us up to safe levels.
Linda’s commitment to public safety is rooted in taking responsibility for our own safety. Public safety is an essential service that must be funded adequately to insure our city’s safety, and the safety of the men and women who place their lives on the line every day for our community. The time of threatened reductions because of lost grants (handouts) will be a thing of the past. Linda will make sure the first place our tax dollars are committed is in public safety. We will transition from a grant dependent city to a city fully committed to funding its public safety.