At that point, the remaining 1/8 percent of the special tax will be available for other public safety capital projects as the city council deems appropriate based on needs assessments by the police and fire departments and other criteria. That money will go into the capital fund and be tracked as a line item for public safety projects.
The PSST Oversight Committee will continue to monitor the special sales tax to see that the money is spent appropriately on legally allowed public safety uses.
To qualify for PSST funds, by ordinance a project must enhance public safety, emergency management or animal welfare, provide direct services to the citizens, ensure long-term financial stability of the city or provide for continuity of existing city services.
A portion of the PSST has been used to bolster the rainy day fund in proportion to the PSST collections.
Additionally, should an emergency put core city services at risk, PSST funds could be used for sustainability because those core services in crisis would constitute a public safety concern.
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