Public Safety Fee
With the rising costs of City expenses quickly outpacing the growth rate of the General Fund Budget the City introduced to City Council on March 7, 2023, the proposal to add a $4.00 Public Safety Fee to utility accounts. The money generated from this fee would help fund police vehicles, equipment, and support county service contracts. Both City Administrator Lonnie Rainville and Police Chief Jonathan Brewster shared with Council the need to find additional funding.
The topic was again discussed during the Community Meeting held on March 23, 2023. The community consensus at this meeting was in unanimous support for a Public Safety Fee that would benefit the Police Department directly.
During the April 4, 2023, City Council meeting Ordinance 847 was adopted through a unanimous vote to add a $4.00 Public Safety Fee to utility accounts. This fee will be taking effect on July 1, 2023, and will be applied to all utility accounts within the city limits of Myrtle Creek.