Public Safety Operations Sales Tax

Public Safety Operations Sales Tax

As of August 31st, 2021


The sales tax collected from the Public Safety Operations Sales Tax is slightly higher than projected as seen in the graph below. The City started collecting the sales tax in March 2014. To date, the City has received $15,646,654 and the amount in reserves for 2020 is $1,431,809, which has been used to supplement the current year’s expenses. Below is how the current reserve balance is figured:

 Year 6 (2019) Year 7 (2020)Year 8 (2021)
Revenues$  2,157,310Revenues$    2,217,135Revenues  $ 1,610,948
County Reimbursement$       65,592County Reimbursement$         15,096County Reimbursement  $     15,096
Reserves Year 5$     915,629Reserves Year 6$    1,028,387Reserves Year 7  $ 1,431,809
Expenditures($2,110,144)Expenditures  ($1,828,809)Expenditures ($1,537,550)
Reserves$  1,028,387Reserves  $  1,431,809
Reserves Balance:$   1,520,303

Revenues vs. Expenses

The sales tax received from the Public Safety Operations Sales Tax for the current month is $193,201 and the expenses for 2021 are $1,537,550.

Police Department

The focus of the Pittsburg Police Department’s comprehensive plan for expending public safety sales tax funding is to increase department staffing levels, with an emphasis on placing additional resources in patrol and also creating specialty units; such as developing a crime analysis unit and a standalone narcotics unit. Additional funding will be used to replace antiquated equipment, particularly the department’s current records management system.  This system, once acquired, will move the agency into the modern era of policing, commonly referred to as intelligence-led policing.  With additional staffing and state of the art equipment, the police department may better address our community’s crime and social problems in a more effective and efficient manner. Currently, the Pittsburg Police Department has fully staffed the positions promised in the Public Safety Sales Tax.

  • Polygraph Machine
  • Tasers
  • Ammunition
  • Software, GIS Aerial Mapping
  • Investigations SUV
  • Records Management System Software
  • Network and Data Core Equipment
  • Uniforms
  • Vehicle Leases
  • SRT

Fire Department

There are four separate concentrations that are included in the public safety sales tax for the Pittsburg Fire Department.  The first item is the replacement of a 30-year old Fire Engine that will be located at Fire Station #1.  The second is the necessary replacement of our Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and air compressor.  The third item is the replacement of our protective structural firefighting bunker gear. The final component is additional funding for the necessary training of our Firefighters in emergency scene operations.

  • Bunker Gear
  • Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
  • New Fire Truck
  • Training

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