Jonesboro releases study on fire, police costs

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin met with the city's police and fire chiefs Friday to discuss the city's budget for the next three years.

Both departments presented comprehensive reviews of the past year's activity, as well as some historical data.

The meeting centered around the growing costs of public safety services over the past four years.

In that time, the staffing levels increased 8% while the demands for service increased 28%.

In a news release from the city, Mayor Perrin stated, "we've asked both chiefs to continue looking for any ways to improve efficiency or productivity with compromising safety."  Perrin also stated that Friday's meeting was about getting a true handle on the complexity of the challenges and responsibilities the first responders have to serve Jonesboro.

In 2005, public safety was $11 million or 50% of the city's operating budget.  In 2010, it consists of $18.25 million or 54% of the budget and that is expected to increase to 58% over the next two years.

The city has a report on demands for public service on its website.  Click here to view it.

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