Thursday, March 16, 2017
Quote of the Day - Omari Hardy
“Lake Worth took a huge step forward tonight. The city matured. The people of Lake Worth expressed their commitment to safety and security. I have no words.”
~ Omari Hardy
Mr. Hardy is 27 years old but he told us that our city matured (when he won the election). Our city is over 100 years old. And those of us who live here are mature enough to know that we have tremendous crime problems. We spend untold millions on public safety. Our budget for Public Safety-Police Services for 2016/2017 is $15,619,780 (page 53 of the Budget) or 47% of our overall operating budget. Throw in fire and we don't have that much money left to operate our city.
Mr. Hardy suggested during the campaign that we hire 15 more deputies to help with our crime problem. He kept saying that over and over. Each deputy costs us over $123k a year according to the city. The city residents also know we don't have nor can we afford to pay more for public safety. From the city's Budget: For FY 2017, "the contract amount of $12,465,420 included a 2% contract increase from FY 2016. Additionally, in our efforts to drastically reduce and maintain low crime rates in our community, we also budgeted in FY 2017 for five (5) additional sworn officers at $123,400 each for a total cost of $617,000, of which $246,800 is funded from the general fund."
All of us will hold Mr. Hardy's feet to the fire.