We are pleased to say that we believe the tax has been executed as promised. That is to say, Norman has two new fire stations fully staffed and equipped, and our new police chief is fully committed to the more labor intensive community approach to policing which is also fully funded. All without borrowing a penny to do it.
We refer to the extension as the final phase because at the time we crafted the plan, we intended at the end to have created funding to enable all permanent positions to be supported by permanent funding. We therefore recommend that the City Council and the voters of Norman consider funding these public safety positions from the general fund and permanently increasing the general fund sales tax to offset the salary costs. By normalizing the funding for these positions, we signal the end of a project and seal our commitment to funding the improvements to public safety our community had requested.
DOUG CUBBERLEY (Ward 7), CAROL DILLINGHAM (Ward 4) and BOB THOMPSON (Ward 1).
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