Details and Summary of the measure:
The current levy for public safety services, expiring June 30, 2013, provides funding for Springfield's 100-bed municipal jail, uniformed police and support personnel and municipal court operations. Passage of this five-year levy would replace the existing levy and maintain existing levels of police and community service response and continue funding for the municipal jail.
Springfield's jail opened in 2010. This levy would continue to provide partial funding for jail operations. Court fines,
prisoner fees and leasing jail beds to other agencies would provide other funding. The jail provides space for sentenced defendants and has reduced the number of defendants failing to appear for scheduled court dates. During the first 2 years of operations 3,692 were booked into jail with an average jail population of over 60 inmates per day.
Police services provided by the current levy include
uniformed officers, community service officers, dispatchers and record clerks. The current levy has resulted in improved response times for both emergency and non- emergency police calls. Passage of the proposed levy would allow this level of service to continue.
The estimated tax which would be raised by this levy are
2013/14 - $4,931,092; 2014/15 - $5,079,025;2015/16 - $5,231,396; 2016/17 - $5,388,337; 2017/18 - $5,549,988 for a total of $26,179,837.
*Further refined estimates required by ORS280.075