On May 19, 2015, Coeur d’Alene voters overwhelmingly supported a $6 million, 10-year public safety bond to fund needed capital expenditures for the Police and Fire Departments. The general obligation bond replaces a 10-year bond approved by voters in 2005. The expiring bond was approved for $7 million with an interest rate of 3.93 percent. The anticipated interest rate for the current bond is 2.96 percent. The lower bond amount and lower interest rate will result in a lower cost to property owners. After a homeowners exemption, the owner of a median priced home ($192,500) in Coeur d’Alene will pay $23.45 per year for the public safety bond. Under the previous bond, the rate on a home that price is $28.65 per year.
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|3 Fire Engines, (2 Replace 1 New)||$1,750,000|
|1 Ladder Truck, (Replacement)||$1,400,000|
|Fire and Police Shared Facility, (New)||$560,000|
|1 Fire Boat (Replacement)||$450,000|
|Camera Network, (New)||$315,000|
|Mobile Command Center, (New)||$300,000|
|Patrol Carports, (New)||$250,000|
|4 Command Vehicles (Replacement)||$250,000|
|SCBA, hose replacement (Replacement)||$245,000|
|1 Brush Truck (Replacement)||$225,000|
|2 Inspector Vehicles (Replacement)||$100,000|
|1 Battalion Chief Unit (Replacement)||$85,000|
|2 Utility Trucks (Replacement)||$70,000|
“This bond will provide your Fire Department with the necessary equipment to meet the growing demands for service, while being mindful of taxpayer dollars.”
Chief Kenny Gabriel
Coeur d’Alene Fire Department
“The equipment funded by this bond will provide police officers with the tools needed to be more efficient and effective in responding to the public safety needs of our residents.”
Chief Lee White
Coeur d’Alene Police Department
The current vessel was built in 1974 and was acquired through government surplus in 2010. It was refitted to be in compliance with National Standards as a small fire boat. The small fire boat has a very limited weight capacity for a crew and patients. These weight limitations and hull design make this vessel unsafe for water rescue or retrieval incidents.
Over the past few years the Coeur d’Alene Police Department has investigated a multitude of serious crimes and worked countless special events, often with our partners in the Fire Department. These are complex scenes and events and many of these include several agencies and hundreds man-hours to handle appropriately.
If acquired, we would be able to address the problems associated with communication and command at large scale incidents that require multiple agencies to cooperate under complex and demanding conditions. This vehicle will be outfitted to house computers, communications and other equipment that will allow us to efficiently administer law enforcement services under a multitude of situations.
Security cameras mounted in key locations would be utilized as both a crime deterrent as well an asset needed to solve crime. Security of our employees, buildings/grounds and equipment is vital. It is proposed that cameras could be installed and positioned at the north campus to include Police Headquarters and Fire Station Two, the Street/Water Department, Cherry Hill Park, City Hall, and McEuen Park at the parking facility.
The citizens passed a $7 million Public Safety bond by a 74% margin in 2005. The FD spent the bond funds efficiently and on budget as promised. The 2005 General Obligation (GO) Public Safety bond provided: