The City slowed the planned implementation of the CSI on the FY22 Adopted Budget from the previous implementation strategy due to caution regarding the unknown impact of the pandemic on employment and tax collection. However, payroll tax collection in 2021 yielded higher-than-projected revenue for the Community Safety Fund, allowing the organization to advance planned CSI implementation strategies. The FY22 December Supplemental Budget added $2.7 million to the Community Safety Initiative. The funding increased the City’s alternative police response and supported upstream investments focused on prevention, such as teen empowerment and behavioral inclusion. These additions will continue to be implemented as ongoing budget items in FY23.
The FY23 Proposed Budget adds ongoing funding for new CSI programs in Fire and Emergency Medical Services, services for the unhoused, Municipal Court, the City Prosecutor’s Office, and Police. These investments add operational support for increased service levels, support for the Police Downtown Team, and fund alternative response efforts in Police, Municipal Court, and Fire and EMS. The proposed budget also provides additional one-time funding for implementing these new strategies, such as gear and facility space for new officers.
Learn more at the FY23 Proposed Budget City Focus.