Proposed 2012-2013 Biennial Budget. City of West Linn, Oregon. Agenda. Call to Order Summary of Citizen Outreach & Questions Election of Chair and Vice Chair Public Comment State Revenue Sharing Staff Presentation on Projected Amounts and Proposed Uses Public Testimony
City of West Linn, Oregon
Have we considered outsourcing our police dept to Clackamas County Sheriff? Would this save citizens money and keep the city from having to fund a new police station?
The City of West Linn is always interested in exploring alternative means of providing municipal services to save money. It is also critical that the services provided meet the high expectations of the West Linn community which rated its satisfaction with our police department as 7.6 (on a scale of 1-10) – one of the highest ratings for any of our services.We are aware that Wilsonville contracts with Clackamas County for police services as well as Happy Valley. As Wilsonville is probably closest to West Linn, let us look at comparable costs.Wilsonville’s costs of Police services from their FY11 budget totals $3,708,355 (just Personal Services and Materials & Services) for 18 FTEs. Below are their comparative measures:
• Costs per Capita measure: $3.7M/18,050 = $205.43 per Capita• FTE per 1,000 Capita: 18 FTEs/18,050/1000 = 1.00 per 1,000 CapitaWest Linn’s costs of Police services from our FY11 budget totals $4,524,000 (just Personal Services and Materials & Services) for 35 FTEs (31 Sworn Officers plus 4 CSOs/Records). Below are our comparative measures:
• Costs per Capita measure: $4.524M/24,500 = $184.65 per Capita• FTE per 1,000 Capita: 31 FTEs/24,500/1000 = 1.18 per 1,000 CapitaThese measures show that relative to Wilsonville, the cost of police services is less expensive in West Linn and West Linn residences receive slightly more sworn officers per resident.One concern with contracting out for police services is that it could be cost prohibitive to ever attempt to resurrect a city police department. Such costs would go far beyond simply recruiting police officers and police management to include procuring police vehicles; acquiring the technology and communications equipment required for operating a police department in the 21st century; developing a fully-functioning police station, and adding any other equipment and infrastructure that may be necessary. In other words, there may be no turning back once such a decision is made.In regards to the second question about whether contracting out would keep the City from funding a police station, that a police station would have to exist somewhere in the City, whether county officers staff it or city officers staff it. Assuming that county officers serving West Linn could utilize an existing county facility located outside of West Linn would pull the quality of police services further away from the citizens that pay for this service – even if current capacity for this option exists.As with all budgets within the City, personal service costs driven by FTE counts representing the majority of the budget cost. We continue to strive in keeping our FTE counts down and in the sworn officer area, West Linn continues to have one of the lowest FTEs per Capita in the area.
I keep hearing about how our water system capital costs will expand our city's water infrastructure into Stafford. There was a master water plan done some years ago and then another done shortly after in 2008. Why was a new master water plan completed? What kind of growth does the new master water plan anticipate? Why are we paying to develop Stafford?
I see that the budget reduces the NA grants from $1500 to $500 per year. Why do the neighborhood association accounts have fund balances? What should the associations be spending that money on?