1. Vote Yes to keep response times low.
We must invest in police and fire to be sure that our response times can keep up. Over the past seven years, because of growth, the average emergency response time has increased by 56 seconds. Every second that our response times increase could be the difference between life and death.
Question 2 is dedicated to police and fire personnel, equipment and training. It will allow the city to hire 65 police officers and 45 fire fighters to ensure that our first responders can be there when you need them.
Quality police, fire, and emergency services help protect your property values and play a key part in Mesa’s ability to attract residents and businesses.
This is a critical investment in our public safety system to protect our high living standard and our long-term economic growth.
3. Vote Yes to keep up with population growth.
Overall, the number of emergency incidents in the City of Mesa has increased by over 40% since 2008. There are now 10 medical incidents for every fire incident in Mesa.
The City of Mesa has grown significantly over the past few decades – particularly in East Mesa where many new families and seniors have chosen to live. Demand in some areas has grown by as much as 310% in the past 10 years.
Based on the standards set by the National Police Chiefs association, Mesa police is understaffed by 40%. Our Mesa fire and emergency department is also understaffed by 16%.
4. Vote Yes to support fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Our Police and Fire have done an excellent job of doing more with less while trying to keep up with growth. They have deployed innovative approaches like transitional response vehicles to protect the taxpayers.
This is a dedicated source of funding for public safety and we will know exactly where the money is going. The language is clear and the city will have an annual plan which will allow taxpayers to know exactly how this money will be spent.