The Redmond City Council will consider implementing a $6 per month fee to help add police officers, but will also look at several other alternatives at its Tuesday meeting, according to a city news release.
Some residents have expressed opposition to the fee at three town hall meetings, saying that, while they support police, the fee should either be put up for a vote or the city should look at other ways to add the six officers it says it needs. The city has responded that the council might reject the results of a vote because the need for more police officers is so great.
Several potential ballot measures are among the alternatives the city is looking at. According to the news release, the options include, but aren’t limited to:
— Approve a fee by vote of City Council.
— Refer a fee, as an advisory opinion, to the ballot in May 2018.
— Seek a voter approved temporary operating levy in May 2018.
— Seek a voter approved increase to Redmond’s permanent rate in May 2018.
— Prioritize public safety as part of the development of the 2018-19 budget.
— Continue the initiative and public awareness efforts and target a public vote in November 2018, 2019 or 2020.
— Maintain status quo and take no action.
The city says that, along with the three meetings, it’s made more than a dozen presentations to community service groups and completed multiple direct mailings and surveys, reaching more than 10,000 residents. It says around 250 people came in and had direct contact with staff.
The council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall.