In 2008 there was a property tax decrease from $ 103 million to $ 69 million because of fallen property values as a result of the Great Recession. This of course caused a reduction in IRC services. For example, in 2008 the Sherif’s department had 547 officers and as of last week it has 462 officers.
$ 1.8 million is being allocated to the first year operating costs of a new fire station in Emergency Services
And $ 200,000 is being allocated to the Children Services program; which is being matched by private donations.*
The $ 1.5 million allocated to the Sheriff’s Department designates $ 1.25 million to salary adjustments, $ 225,000 to capital improvements and $ 140,000 to general expenses.
The Solid Waste District will also require a rate increase in its efforts to achieve a State mandated recycling goal of 75% by 2020; however this may be offset by the 35% decrease in costs by reducing curbside pick-up to one day per week, rather than two.
* Please see below for responsibilities of the Children’s Services Advisory Committee.