Tax increase will help depleted public safety

As a resident of this beautiful town for over 30 years and a former Paradise police chief, I believe Measure C will help restore the public safety services that our residents, schools and businesses depend on each day.

Our town”s police and fire departments are especially committed to keeping our community safe. Yet, because of the recession and state raids of town funds, police staffing has been reduced to only two on-duty officers instead of four officers, which is the normal for a community of our size and activity. If Measure C passes, we will have the revenue to fund part of these reduced services until we see better economic times.

We all have a vested interest in making sure that Paradise remains safe. Safer schools and neighborhoods, increased business activity and growth, and greater job opportunities aren”t going to happen in an unsafe community. Our investing 5 cents for every $10 we spend on nonfood items bought in town is an investment in a more secure future. All of it stays in Paradise to benefit Paradise, rather than going to the state or federal government.

Our Town Council has already publicly committed to the priorities that will receive Measure C funding: police, fire, streets and roads, and animal services. No Measure C funds will be spent on town employee wages and benefits.

With your help, we can restore and maintain quality public safety services in Paradise. Please, join me in voting yes on Measure C.

— Chris Buzzard, Paradise

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