To the editor:



I am writing in support of the police tax. As a business owner, property owner and resident, I know greater police protection is needed. My wife and I own 16 businesses on the Independence Square. Just last week we had an incident in which a spouse of one of our employees threatened gun violence, and it took the police two hours to respond. We live on Delaware Street and had an incident in which a guy who was high on drugs or alcohol yelled in front of our house for 45 minutes about how he was going to burn the place down. It took the police 45 minutes to respond to that incident. We had a car stolen and another broken into.

To the editor:

I am writing in support of the police tax. As a business owner, property owner and resident, I know greater police protection is needed. My wife and I own 16 businesses on the Independence Square. Just last week we had an incident in which a spouse of one of our employees threatened gun violence, and it took the police two hours to respond. We live on Delaware Street and had an incident in which a guy who was high on drugs or alcohol yelled in front of our house for 45 minutes about how he was going to burn the place down. It took the police 45 minutes to respond to that incident. We had a car stolen and another broken into.

During the summer we sponsor Moonlight Movies on the Square on Thursday nights. Last summer for the first time we had mobs of kids that the police claimed were gang-related. They totally disrupted the event until the police arrived to disperse them.

These events I described are real and currently occurring. I hope the people who oppose this tax because of concern about other city management issues can keep these real issues in mind. We need to make the city safer, not make some unrelated point.