The city of Galt could partially fund one police officer position using state funds earmarked for public safety, if approved Tuesday by the Galt City Council.
The Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Funding is part of the Citizens Option for Public Safety program. The money is collected by the state through taxes and allocated annually to California cities based on population, to be used specifically for public safety.
Galt typically receives $100,000 per year under the 1996 legislation.
Police Chief William Bowen is recommending this year’s money go toward partially funding a police officer position. It is unclear whether the remaining funding for compensation will come from the General Fund.
Although the COPS money has already been approved in the current budget, the recommended use must be reviewed by the city council.
At that time, citizens are invited to give input during an official public hearing on the proposed use of the state funding, or offer alternative recommendations.
In other action Tuesday, council members are scheduled to:
Authorize City Manager Jason Behrmann to award a contract for $34,920, with a $3,580 contingency, for design and engineering services for the Carillon Boulevard/Simmerhorn Road Water Main Improvements project.
Approve the annual update to the city’s Emergency Operations Plan.
Tuesday’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.
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