Did you know that there are areas of Medford where the police department can't talk to each other on the radio? Do you want to take the chance that the dead cell area is where you are?
We as a city need to have an assessment done by an independent company so that no one dies needlessly. Our police communications systems need to be assessed and fixed to make sure every area of the city is fully covered.
This may mean putting towers or repeaters on buildings like the high school. There is a place for the tax hawk but this is not one of them. What's the cost of a life? Or have we gotten so cold that we are willing to sacrifice our neighbors life for a tax dollar savings? Cost/risk ratio and all that. I for one am not ready to take a chance on my neighbors life. So yes I am willing to pay the extra tax dollar.
One concern is that these corporations that do the assestment try and sell us some equiptment we don't need. That's where we need the fiscal hawks to come in. Just like with any contractor we may need to get two or three assesments.
Keep in mind that we continue to keep building more and more housing units in this city, yet we have not accommodated our police to handle this overload. We face increased criminal behavior, general violations, medical emergencies, you name it. The streets are more lined with cars than ever before, the least we can do is make sure our cops have the ability to communicate with one another throughout the whole city. Why? So they can get to you!