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According to preliminary voting results, Frederick voters did not pass Ballot Measure 2A. The measure would have enacted a 1% sales and use tax to generate funds that would be spent on police services only.
“I am disappointed that we couldn’t pass this important measure for the future of our community,” said Frederick Mayor Tony Carey. “Public safety is a cornerstone of the quality of life we enjoy here in Frederick, and it must be understood that even with over half of the town’s general fund, we are falling behind in funding this to appropriate levels.”
The measure was prompted by Frederick’s 32% population increase since 2012 and the impact this has created for essential services. The number of calls for service has doubled, but 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. In addition, calls for service requiring two or more officers have increased while current staffing levels do not always accommodate two officers per shift. Recently, the increase in criminal investigations is exceeding the capacity of one detective. This has created the need to outsource investigation assistance in some of the more egregious criminal cases, and to utilize patrol officers to investigate less complex cases.
“It’s imperative that we have a shared vision for the future of our community,” said Mayor Carey. “I want to encourage anyone who didn’t support this issue to reach out for a conversation with me or one of their board of trustees, so that we can ensure that their viewpoints don’t go unrecognized as we plan for our collective future.”