Voters spoke loudly and clearly tonight that they want to invest in our critical public safety services — and in the people who deliver them.
Indeed, today’s results are a victory for those who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. Thank you to them — and to all of our employees for their work in delivering our first-class services every day.
You can see the full public safety referendum results here. Some highlights …
- It passed 2,112 votes to 1,084, 66 to 34 percent, with more than 2-to-1 support in the Third and Fourth Districts.
- At more than 28 percent, turnout was high — higher than the spring mayoral election and well beyond expectations.
- Strongest turnout was in the Third District, at more than 32 percent.
Thanks to everyone who voted today.
This result does not solve all of our budget problems — and does not address some of the issues, many of them out of our control, that got us here. But it helps.
We won’t have to keep doing what we’ve been doing when it comes to funding our paramedics — pulling money from our reserves to cover shortfalls. And we won’t have to keep doing what we’ve been doing when it comes to our police — operating with a too-lean department when we are being asked to do more and more.