PSVS Oversight Committee Makes Spending Recommendations
Hiring at Police, Fire Departments included
The Public Safety & Vital Services (Measure N) Citizens Oversight Committee met Tuesday, June 2, to discuss PSVS funding recommendations. The Committee previously met to hear presentations from Staff on May 26.
The Committee today, June 2, voted to recommend $47.3 million in PSVS funding to the City Council for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget:
- $8.2 million in departmental funding for the Bakersfield Police Department, including the hiring of 29 new sworn officers and 15 non-sworn employees. (unanimous 9-0 vote)
- In addition, another $500,000 through Support Services for hiring/retention incentives. (recommended in the same 9-0 vote)
- $3.5 million in departmental funding for the Bakersfield Fire Department, including 13 new firefighters. The funding will help the department maintain its Class 2 ISO rating. (6-3 to recommend)
- $10.3 million Homelessness projects, including $1.9 million for operational costs at the new Bakersfield Homeless Navigation Center. (8-0; one abstention)
- $9.5 million to the PSVS reserve or “rainy day” fund. This fund is separate from other City reserve funds. (9-0)
- $4.5 million for Economic Recovery efforts, including five new related positions and $1.2 million in capital projects funding. (8-0; one abstention)
- $413,500 for City Council/Organization Initiatives. (9-0)
- $5.8 million for Recreation & Parks, including hiring five new Rapid Response Team employees, purchasing new equipment and funding capital projects. (9-0)
- $4.6 million for Support Services/Non-Departmental, including 19 new positions across multiple City departments. (5-3 to recommend; one abstention)
These recommendations and comments from the Committee members will be provided to the City Council for its June 10 meeting and budget workshop. City Council is expected to vote on its FY20-21 budget on June 24.