Fiscal responsibility is dead. Well, it probably died years ago but can we bring it back? The city of Akron, Ohio – along with other cities in the state – will be able to hire and pay 23 police officers for three years thanks to federal stimulus dollars. Of course, the string is the city must guarantee to pick up the tab for an additional year.
More than $1 billion in federal funds are being made available to more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies around the country. That’s $1 million per agency spread out over three years.
From Ohio.com, with my emphasis added.
Akron is a big winner in the fight for federal funds to hire and rehire police officers.
The city is poised to receive $5.7 million in stimulus funds to pay the salaries and benefits of 23 police officers over the next three years.
In all, about $1 billion in grants were announced today to assist 1,046 law enforcement agencies nationwide. About $80 million was awarded in Ohio to fund 336 officers.
Other local departments set to receive funding include Barberton and Canton.
Barberton is set to get $469,256 to pay for two officers.
Canton will receive about $1.4 million for eight officers.
Those cities accepting the grants must agree to retain the officers for at least one year after the federal money runs out.
My jaw dropped to the floor when I read this…
Biden called paying cops’ salaries ”a moral obligation.”
If the vice president of the United States thinks the federal government’s responsibilities include paying for “moral obligations”, we’re screwed. Totally screwed.
This is what the TEA Parties must focus on: the federal government taking town, city, county and state responsibilities and making them their own. This complete disregard for the United States Constitution has bred nepotism, ethics deficiencies and hypocrisy in all three branches (both Republicans and Democrats) of the federal government.
Let me tell you what will happen in Akron…
- Everyone will jump for joy that Akron got more cops on the street. We need more cops! Politicians including the mayor, state representatives and members of Congress will all claim credit.
- After two years, the city of Akron will have to figure out how to pay for these 23 new LEOs in year four. Quiet concern develops…
- At the beginning of year three, city and state officials in Ohio will start complaining about unfunded mandates, since the federal government is demanding they come up with more than $1.9 million to pay those 23 cops in year four.
- During year three, the political threats begin. If citizens don’t agree to tax increases, Akron – and other cities across Ohio – will have to lay off police officers, teachers, senior services. Oh, the horror.
The vicious cycle continues.
I’m not saying the city of Akron does not need more law enforcement on the street; I don’t know. What I’m saying is that if Akron needs cops now, they should come up with the funding at the local level to pay for the law enforcement they need.
Depending on the federal government to cover the initial costs of putting cops on the street is a terrible mistake, proven to cause all sorts of issues in the future.