It appears the City of Tallahassee’s lack of attention to public safety over the last nine years has not been limited to funding for more police officers.
During a recent City budget workshop, City Manager Anita Favors Thompson took time to tell City Commissioners that the City’s Police Department building, located on Seventh Avenue, is in bad condition.
The City Manager, commenting on infrastructure challenges facing the city, said “our facility at the police department is not a happy event to even start that discussion, we have a whole bottom floor that is totally unusable because of water intrusion.”
Hear the Manager’s comments by clicking on the video below.
This information coupled with the recent number one crime rate ranking of Leon County in the state of Florida raises serious questions about the City’s commitment to public safety in recent years.
The current building is a converted elementary school and sources tell TR that the conditions are “embarrassing”. “It hurts morale and our retention and recruiting efforts,” said one officer.
Law enforcement sources say that the spending on Cascades Park, Gaines Street, and smart meters over the last 6-8 years clearly shows the City’s priorities were not focused on public safety and now the community is paying the price.
The discussion about the infrastructure challenges facing the City and the budget deficit projected for the up coming year led to a discussion about a potential property tax increase.