MEASURE J-20: Support Paso’s First Responders!
It is time to invest in our community and support public safety. Calls for fire have increased 28% and calls for police have increased 40% over the last 5 years with minimal population growth.
This is about right now. This is not about future growth in the city or Covid-19, this is about playing catch up to adequately staff our Fire and Police Departments. Since 2008, when budget cuts were initiated to face the economic downturn, Paso has not been able to fill the number of officers or firefighters needed to provide the coverage our community needs. Our Police Department fields 1.1 officers per 1000 residents.
The Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) standard is 2.2 officers per 1000 residents. Most times only 4 officers cover the city supervised by one Sergeant. During the past 12 months, resources were insufficient to answer citizen calls 4,200 times. When officers are available the average response time is 15 minutes, it should be 4 minutes. Our Fire Department fields less than one firefighter per 1000 residents. The National Fire Protection Association standard is 1.4 firefighters per 1000 residents. The goal for response is 4 minutes or less at 90% of the time. We are achieving this goal only 56% of the time.
Paso’s Public Safety Officers are some of the most passionate, dedicated and committed personnel. Due to fiscal restraints they are overextended and the safety of our community and their safety is becoming more at risk!
MEASURE J-20 SAYS
MEASURE J-20: PASO ROBLES ESSENTIAL SERVICES
To maintain essential/general services, such as fire protection/paramedic services; wildfire/natural disaster emergency preparedness; 911 emergency response times; public safety; equipping first responders; fixing streets/potholes; school protective services, shall the City of Paso Robles adopt a measure establishing a 1¢ sales tax providing approximately $10,000,000 annually, expiring in 12 years unless ended earlier by voters, requiring annual audits, independent citizen oversight, public spending disclosure, and all funds only for Paso Robles?
What will Measure J-20 do?
- This ballot measure will increase sales tax by 1% – that is 1¢ on the dollar. 40% of all sales tax is paid by visitors outside of the 93446 zip code.
- It will establish an independent citizen oversightcommittee that will require annual audits and public spending disclosure and will expire in 12 years.
- It is estimated to provide $10 million annually for local public safety services and hire additional police officers and firefighters.
- Build and staff 3rd fire station in one of the fastest developing areas of Paso Robles.
1¢ on the dollar is a good investment in the safety of our community!
Paid for by Friends of Paso Fire and Police – Yes on Measure J-20. Jean Ross – Treasurer • Permit Pending