City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente is asking Oakland residents to weigh in on Ron Dellums’s proposed parcel tax for more police officers.
I’m taking a survey! The Mayor is proposing a new parcel tax to fund 35 more Police Officers and 25 Police Service Technicians (PSTs) each year for the next three years. PSTs are “civilian” employees of the police department that assist the Police force in a variety of functions. The police department’s current authorized force is 803 Officers. With this tax, our authorized strength would be 908 Officers after three years. The tax we would pay under this proposal would be approximately:
- Year 1: Each single family home pays $105 to fund 35 Officers and 25 Police Service Technicians.
- Year 2: Each single family home pays $175 to fund 70 Officers and 50 Police Service Technicians.
- Year 3: Each single family home pays $270 to fund 105 officers and 50 Police Service Technicians.
(apartments play about 2/3 of these amounts)
This proposal is moving fast and will be heard by the full City Council on July 15th (the proposal may be amended at that time by Council members). If approved by the Council, a ballot measure will go before us Oakland voters in November.
I want to hear your opinion about this! Please take my survey here.
So, Oaklanders? What do you think? Vote here.
UPDATE: You can read the Mayor’s proposal here (PDF!).