I come to praise the Independence Police Department, not to bury it! And that is quite beside the question before us – whether to fund an expansion of the Independence Police Department, and then, how to fund it.

To the editor:

I come to praise the Independence Police Department, not to bury it! And that is quite beside the question before us – whether to fund an expansion of the Independence Police Department, and then, how to fund it.

We, the citizenry, are working with a 5-year-old Berkshire Report, about which there are many questions. Why have we not been updated on the implementation of the report? If we don’t fund any separate revenue schemes for this purpose, where will we be five years hence? Since the failure of the sales tax increase, I think our city officials are trying to get us cheap. When the city consults “citizen groups,” who have they talked to?

In the last year, Jackson County has continued the reassessment of real estate property values. And guess what? My assessment went up 40 percent in a down market and in an economic recession, and the city wants a part of that action now. Our backs are already bowed.

I propose to vote “no” on April 3, partly to encourage our city officials to go back and do their homework, then to come up with a more appropriate proposition. Would five years be a suitable amount of time to look at all options? We all seem to have to make do with less in these times.

I thank all the members of the IPD for their demonstrated excellence, a job that few of us would be as well-suited to do. I have found patrol officers to be considerate, friendly and someone you would like to have as neighbors. The April 3 travesty-of-a-proposition is no reflection on their work or esteem in our community.