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According to preliminary voting results, Frederick voters said yes to Ballot Measure 2A. The measure asked Frederick residents whether or not they want to put in place a 1% sales and use tax to be paid by any person who purchases taxable items in the Town of Frederick. The tax would go into effect in 2020, and all revenues from the tax would be spent on police services only.
"We are grateful for the support from the community. Ultimately, the citizens of Frederick are the winners of this election," said Police Chief Todd Norris. "These additional resources funded by the ballot initiative will ensure that we continue to meet the high expectations of the community as growth continues."
An increase in population prompted the measure, and the number of calls for service has doubled since 2012. Still, due to the lack of a dedicated revenue source, the police department's staffing levels have not kept up with the growth and service demand. Also, calls for service requiring two or more officers have increased while current staffing levels do not always accommodate two officers per shift.
Funds from the passing of 2A will add needed personnel and equipment, improve recruitment and retention of officers, replace the outdated records management system and strengthen proactive policing efforts to enhance public safety.
Mayor Tony Carey stated, "I am so proud the community has recognized the importance of our policing needs. The passing of 2A will allow our police department to continue to provide programs and services at a level our residents expect from their town."