Sunday, January 22, 2006

 

The LAPD Tax Hike

I could have sworn that I was just talking about this.
A survey of Los Angeles neighborhood council members found that most support raising taxes to expand the police force, although a substantial number also believe money might be saved by eliminating waste, representatives of the mayor's office said Saturday.

The survey, conducted by the city Department of Neighborhood Empowerment as well as the mayor's office, found that 39% support expanding the police force by 1,000 officers with a half-cent increase in sales tax, and an additional 28% support paying for it with a combination of taxes and efficiencies.

However, a sales-tax measure would require a two-thirds popular vote for approval, and the 67% favorable response in the survey appears to leave little margin for error.

Indeed, those surveyed were the most active and knowledgeable residents, elected by their neighborhoods to serve on the councils, so the results do not necessarily reflect how the average voter will respond.

I think we have a rather simple equation that could keep everyone happy: Spend less, and apply part of that extra savings to the police department. The LAPD was, and always has been, one of the greatest forces in the world. I think it's worth examining areas that a bit of pork can be cut in order to recruit and train more officers.

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