The Public Safety Funding Committee identifies and pursues long-term funding sources for several public safety initiatives. The board carefully selected and appointed nine respected members of the public to propel the committee’s critical mission forward. The committee’s structure and operations mirror the proven model set forth by the Citizens Advisory Committee on Jail Planning created in 1997.
The Public Safety Funding Committee will engage with key stakeholders to determine possible long-term funding options. This review will include an assessment of existing adult and juvenile jail facilities, the current Jail Master Plan, the current Jail Capital Improvement Plan, and probation and other recidivism programming that impact the public safety fund. The committee will provide recommendations to the Board of Supervisors by the end of the year.
The Public Safety Funding Committee was modeled after the Citizens Advisory Committee on Jail Planning created in 1997. The committee held 19 public hearings and received information from citizens and nationally recognized jail experts to assess the needs of the County’s criminal justice system and propose funding solutions. This committee ran legislation for the original Jail Excise Tax proposition to appear on the ballot, which was approved by voters in November 1998.
Each member of the Board of Supervisors appointed a committee member with the Chairman of the Board appointing two. The remaining individuals were appointed by the County Attorney (MCAO), Sheriff (MCSO), and the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court. Committee members come from a diverse set of backgrounds and career fields including law enforcement, correctional health, criminal justice, politics, and business. The nine individuals appointed to the committee are: