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Citizen Relief Program in the Works For Police Surcharge

Members of the Public Safety Committee will present their Citizen Relief Program to the City Council June 5.

Posted: Thu May 24 18:48:24 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu May 24 18:48:24 PDT 2018

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leading police on a high-speed cpolice fund meeting emma says, "while they're here they're likely eating and drinking at restaurants. one resident tells me that could be the key to get the extra cash to help support police without taking it from homeowners." "they're enjoying our police and fire, they have safe streets, they have clean streets." so why not have them pay for it? that's the idea doug phillips is suggesting. he says extra charges like the 35 dollars a month for the fire department and now this one.. have become a burden. both charges make it 55 dollars every month for police and fire. "that is difficult for many people." he says a tax on food and drink would take care of things. he says he's done research on towns that get a lot of tourists like ashland and found when it comes to paying a little more.. "tourists don't care." so i found some folks visiting from out of town and asked them if that's true. "you know if i'm paying an extra ten cents on the dollar to come to a beautiufl place like jacksonville and you know avail myself with all the amentities, yeah, i'm fine with paying a little extra it's not a problem." esther and jim reynolds live in a tourist town, so they say, they get it. "i know that you have to have police you have to have fire uh probably the bulk of the accidents on the road are by tourists." phillips says it's not just the amount he and some others have a problem with. "they felt they weren't able to participate, they weren't able to make their own decision." now he's working to give residents a choice. he plans to get more than 330 signatures from people who would like to see a change. emma says, "phillips tells me once those signatures are gathered, voters will then have the option to approve that change during the november election. in jacksonville, emma balkenbush, newswatch 12." [a14]jville police fund meeting-tag the city says not everyone would
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