Would You Accept a Tax Increase to Pay For More Chicago Police?
There's a strong and growing sentiment to restrain government spending, but is public safety an area that would be an exception?
It’s no secret that Chicago crime is on the rise, with 409 homicides so far this year in the city compared to 324 at this time in 2011, according to CBS News.
However, with the city in financial woes and undergoing continuing budget cuts, where’s the line between balancing the deficit and tackling Chicago’s deteriorating public safety issue?
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Police Department plans to hire 500 police officers in 2013. That comes after aldermen demanded the city hire 1,000 more officers to help with a current shortage, a move that would cost $100 million.
When asked where to get that kind of money, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) told the Sun-Times, “There’s a move toward privatization and cutting. We’ve got to find innovative ways to pay for the appropriate city services.”
So the question is:
Would you be willing to pay more taxes to get more police officers on the streets of Chicago? Tell us in the comments why you voted yes or no.