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Legislation #: 100605 Introduction Date: 7/22/2010
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS GOTTSTEIN, SHARP, RILEY, FORD, FUNKHOUSER AND CURLS
Title: Recognizing the need for additional police officers and expressing the Council’s intent to seek a November 2010 vote on renewal of the current sales tax for public safety capital improvements and additional police officers.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
7/22/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
7/22/2010 Immediate Adoption
7/22/2010 Councilmember Riley Move to Amend
7/22/2010 Councilmember Riley Move to Refer to
7/22/2010 Referred to Public Safety & Emergency Services Committee
7/28/2010 Hold On Agenda (8/4/2010)
8/4/2010 Hold On Agenda (8/18/2010)
8/18/2010 Hold Off Agenda
7/20/2011 Release
7/22/2011 Released

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RESOLUTION NO. 100605, AS AMENDED

 

Recognizing the need for additional police officers and expressing the Council’s intent to seek a November 2010 vote on renewal of the current sales tax for public safety capital improvements and additional police officers.

 

WHEREAS, Kansas City’s capital improvements sales tax (commonly referred to as the “Public Safety Sales Tax”) will expire in June of 2011; and

WHEREAS, Kansas City Police Department officers are dispatched to nearly 400,000 calls each year, and spend approximately 79 percent of their time running from call to call, a much higher percentage than in many other cities; and

WHEREAS, Kansas City citizens have a right to expect a safe community; and

WHEREAS, , Senate Bill 981 has been passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by the Governor to give Kansas City the flexibility of using a renewed public safety sales tax for hiring additional police officers in addition to financing capital improvements; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Kansas City, through citizen surveys and public testimony, are asking for an increased police presence in their neighborhoods; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

Section 1. That the City Council recognizes the need to hire additional police officers as well as the need to complete new public safety capital improvements.

Section 2. That the City Council intends to place a renewal of the Public Safety Sales Tax on the November 2010 ballot to fund needed public safety capital improvements and to add police officers on the street so that enough officers are available to implement community policing and other self-initiated crime prevention and crime solving strategies.

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