LETTER: ‘Do You Think You Are Living in a Safe City? You May be Surprised…’
To the Editor of The Waterland Blog,
Do you remember in 2006 when we voted for a “levy lid lift” tax to restore 12 police department staff positions that had been cut in previous years due to budget shortages?
The Ex-Mayor and City Manager, promised us voters that the city would not reduce the general fund support to the police department if we voted for the approximately $1,500,000.00 annual “levy lid lift” tax.
Were you aware, they did exactly what they promised not to do?
In 2009 when nobody was looking, they cut police support from the general fund
$800,000.00 and in 2010 an additional $900,000.00. The total annual reductions of $1,700,000.00 from the general fund contribution to the police department took police funding back to where it was in 2006, before we passed the “levy lid lift” tax.
Would it surprise you to learn that after collecting the “levy lid lift” money for more than 5 full years, The police department was forced to layoff police department personnel, because of budget cuts, by the Mayor, City Manager and City Council? At last count our police department is under staffed 14 positions, or 23.3 % below full staffing.
It’s becoming clear that the city manager, mayor and city council are clearly devoid of the leadership and credibility necessary to provide sustainable solutions to many of the important issues that still face our community today. This does not apply to the 2 new councilmembers.
Do you think you are living in a safe city? You may be surprised to find out just how safe your city is.
Here are some facts you may not be aware of.
IN 2011 THERE WERE:
- TWO MURDERS
- SEVEN RAPES,
- THIRTY SEVEN ROBBERIES
- FOURTY FIVE AGGRAVATED ASSAULTS
- TWO HUNDRED THIRTY BURGLARIES
- SIX HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN LARCENIES
- ONE HUNDRED AUTO THEFTS
- EIGHT ARSONS
A total of 1056 criminal acts perpetrated in our city in 2011.
Did you or any of your relatives or friends suffer as victims of any of these crimes last year?
Will you or any of your relatives or friends be victims this year?
What do you think the outcome would be if, a group of criminals attempted to invade your home, and when you called police, all available officers were investigating a fatal accident on International Boulevard?
We don’t like to think of something like that happening.
But aren’t we reading about or watching the TV news about home invasions, burglaries, or murders every day in our surrounding cities.
It’s a known fact – areas with a reduced police presence attract criminal activity.
Does it seem logical to you, that more of that kind of crime might come to Des Moines? Several Des Moines citizens have expressed their concerns that it could happen here.
It’ time for someone to do something about this problem.
I’m 85 and I’m running out of time and energy. I’m not willing to wait for someone else to make the effort to get things rolling, but I could use some help!
I’m contacting people who I’ve been led to believe might join me in trying to convince our City council to restore our Police funding back to where it was in 2007.
We have some interesting ideas about how we can accomplish that task.
I’m not looking for money. This Job only needs willing concerned citizens to help get our message across.
Please contact me by E-Mail if you are interested in helping make our city a safer place to live. Communicating by mail is too expensive and too slow.
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