Proud to have led the charge to support our first responders without raising taxes.
Understanding the pressing need for a new fire station to replace our current station #31, I passed a resolution to come before voters for funding via a general obligation bond. Voters will see this bond on the ballot in November.
Additionally, I championed the following investments in our police and fire departments:
- $1.94 million mid fiscal year investment in a compensation plan to increase pay for our police department with a $2.26 million investment every year since
- $1.17 million in the fire department payroll to be used for staffing
- Step and grade increases for the sworn officers in our police and fire departments
- Increased overall compensation by 9%
Finally, one aspect of the investment the city makes in employee wellness (including first responders) is paying 100% of the cost of insurance premiums for the employee as well as any dependents. This commitment to the wellness of our employees is a significant investment and is likely unmatched in the private sector. I am committed to continuing this type of complete coverage.
I am grateful to first responders and their families for the service they provide to residents. As a city leader, safety is my top priority. I am committed to supporting first responders through a competitive compensation plan without unnecessarily raising taxes on the members of the community who are struggling under the weight of inflation.