September 29, 2022 – Washington Co., WI – A bit more information for the citizens of the city of West Bend. Much like the county sales tax, the upcoming county-wide referendum will provide minimal benefit to city residents.
The patrol officers will not add anything to the city nor will additional administration or school resources. The slight benefit would be the additional jail staff as that is used by the city. We can tout this as beneficial to all citizens but in reality, it will likely benefit some of the outlying areas at best.
By adding officers, we do nothing to deter crime other than an increased presence in a small area. I don’t doubt staff needs to be increased due to growth and crime, but this will do little to alleviate the problem of crimes committed within our community.
The additional funding is available without a referendum but would require the county to shift some funding to borrowing, something they won’t do. By putting it to referendum none of them have to take responsibility for raising taxes!
Unlike the Samaritan issue that has been kicked down the road for years and years, public safety is now the top priority as it’s the new catch phrase. How about cutting your fancy newsletter, your lobbyist or one of the many additional administration positions created the past few years? My vote is NO!
West Bend, Wi
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Thanks for mentioning that West Bend residents won’t benefit much from this county referendum, as we already pay taxes for police protection by the city police. It’s the same for other communities like Germantown who have police departments too. There are also mutual assistance agreements between the different departments in the county, so even if a county deputy needed help, in most cases there’s someone from another city department or a state police officer to step in. BTW I heard that Waukesha County Sheriff’s Dept. has contract officers serving in the communities who don’t have city police. Isn’t this a way to cut costs, instead of having to pay for county officers with full benefits?
I agree with Randy and CJ about the referendum. Throwing money at the situation to the south of us won’t change until laws and Judges change. Even if you think that there might be a car full of thugs you can’t stop and search for weapons you can only investigate after a crime is committed, then it is to late. Also with that much money on the table there will be misuse in ways like it always happens in goverment.