My Plan To Start Addressing The Officer Shortfall for FY2020
Mrs. McMillan tells you she has met the police department’s staffing goal of two officers per thousand citizens. This is FALSE! Using the actual city population numbers provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and doing true growth projections, Clarksville Police needed a minimum of 18 additional officers for FY2019, instead of the seven they received. FY2020 projections show a minimum of four additional officer positions.
As public safety is a priority with me, I will begin addressing the15 police officer shortfall (11 in FY 2019 and 4 for FY2020) by cutting the bloated office operations of the City Mayor and Legislative functions by over $250,000. I will transfer this money to the police department to fund up to five additional officer positions by this better use of your taxpayer dollar. While this action does not fill the complete shortfall, it shows I will streamline the operations within my Mayor’s office to better serve the citizens’ safety.
The Details For Your Review
Mrs. McMillan in her May 7, 2018 budget presentations for the Police Department claimed Clarksville’s current population is 150,287. According to the U.S. Census, that was our population on July 2016. Again, per published U.S. Census figures, Clarksville’s population was 153,205 on July 2017. Using the Mayor’s own conservative population growth increase of 1.5% a year, that means the July 2018 population for Clarksville is 155,503. Since we are supposed to be planning to meet the needs of our city for 2019 and based again on the conservative growth percentage being used, we should be sizing our police departments for a population of 157,836 for July 2019. Mrs. McMillan used a population figure of 152,541 for July 2019.
Mrs. McMillan talks about budget transparency, but like a magician she is only transparent on what she wants you to see.
Learn about my plans to work with Clarksville Fire Rescue and potentially lower your fire insurance premiums by reading the following:
Clarksville deserves better! Help me make a better Clarksville!