INDIO RESIDENTS SUPPORT
FUNDING FOR IMPORTANT
CITY SERVICES AND PROGRAMS
Indio, California – Indio residents want to protect their local City services and programs. According to a recent public opinion research survey conducted in May by the independent polling firm FM3 Research, 59% of voters would support a November 2010 local revenue measure to increase the existing Utility Users Tax by 3%. If enacted, the measure would protect and maintain important services like police, fire, emergency response, senior services, and street and pothole repairs.
“I’m humbled by the strong support in our community for our local city services and value the community places on our programs,” said Mayor Gene Gilbert. “Residents understand that if we have to cut the number of police officers patrolling our streets and neighborhoods and funding for youth gang and drug prevention programs, it will be difficult to keep our city safe and to stop gang members from surrounding areas from coming into our city.”
Based on interviews with 400 randomly selected Indio voters, the independent survey found that 80% of respondents put a priority on ensuring funding for local services that can’t be taken by the State. The only mechanism to do so is through a locally approved revenue measure.
“Residents know that the State is taking money away from Indio to address its budget crisis,” said Interim City Manager Tara Lee Adams. “Sacramento has already taken over $24 million dollars from the City in recent years, and additional money grabs next year are likely. We absolutely must protect our local city services
Public safety programs top the list of services voters want protected and maintained, with 88% of respondents considering it extremely or very important to retain 9-1-1 emergency dispatch operators; 84% to maintain the City’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to a natural disaster such as earthquakes; 83% to maintain 9-1-1 emergency communications equipment, such as radios and computers; 82% to maintain 9-1-1 emergency response times; 81% to continue police gang and drug enforcement programs; 80% to retain experienced public safety personnel and preventing the City from having to lay off police officers.
“Indio is facing tough fiscal challenges and unfortunately has had to cut City services, including over 60 employees that provided direct service to the community,” said Adams. “Residents need to know that the local services they value are at risk for further cuts.”
Over the coming months, the City will continue to keep residents informed about possible services cuts, and potential funding options. Given the overwhelming community support demonstrated in the survey, the City is also considering placing a local revenue measure on the November 2010 ballot.
For questions contact Chris Escobedo at (760) 541-4444.
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