A 23-cent bump in the public safety fee was proposed at city council last week. But the increase would only maintain the public safety status quo and city officials are concerned by how much money is being funneled into public safety through the City's General Fund.
No new services would be included with the proposed increase: it will simply maintain the public safety services already established. - including the contracts for three deputies, a full time sergeant, as well as the court and code enforcement, salaries for the judge and the court clerk, said City Finance Director Jim Piper.
The bump would raise the current Public Safety Fee of $7.52 to $7.75 monthly for the 2019-20 fiscal year.
However, there was a 3.4 percent ($25,681) increase in police contract services with Lane County Sheriff's Office )LCSO) since last year, with an annual projection cost of $787,160. That increase needs to be paid for in order to maintain the same public safety services in town.