Once the priorities have been completed, the half-percent, permanent tax will be divided into two portions — three-eighths-percent of the tax will go into the city’s general fund to support the public safety salaries. This reallocation of the tax is anticipated at Year 13 after the capital projects are complete. The public safety tax will be tracked separately, but other general funds may be used to support the salaries of those positions.
All jobs created by the PSST are subject to the same union contracts and protections as other fire and police jobs.
The other eighth-percent of the tax will be put into the capital fund to be used for public safety capital projects. That money can only be freed up for other uses in extreme situations, if needed, to support basic city services.
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