Writing in the Facebook Group Homeowners Against a Property Tax Hike today, former Metro Council Member candidate William Cyril Guthoerl explained that we are not required to fund the policemen hired under the Obama stimulus grant. Many people have argued that if we do not permanently fund the positions funded with the Obama grant money we would have to repay the grant. This is the explanation offered by William:
it is good to know that if we do not fund these 50 positions that we would not have to repay the grant. We had a natural disaster. We should apply for the waiver. I am going to assume that this is correct unless someone provides evidence to the contrary. In essence, no policeman would have to lose his job. There is enough turn over in the department that no one would have to be laid off. Without a tax increase it is true that we probably could not keep all of those positions funded under the Obama Cops grant. If however, it is determined that the optimum number of policemen includes some of those positions currently funded with the Cops grant, then the city could keep some of those positions by reallocating resources. Maybe the city could abolish the worthless and unnecessary Human Relations Commission and fund three of the police positions. I bet I could find some other money that could be reallocated, if I was convinced that losing those 50 positions would be detrimental to the city.