One of the most important responsibilities of local government is public safety. We in St. Tammany are fortunate to enjoy a relatively low crime rate. In Covington, I am grateful our City Council voted to increase the pay of our police officers. Subsequently, we went from being 50% short-staffed (-13 officers) to fully staffed (26 patrol officers). Our PD is now active and engaged.
The four-tenths sales tax on this Saturday's ballot specifically funds the prosecutorial and correctional functions of our Parish's justice system. These are important components of maintaining our public safety.
Side note: I, like most of us, do not care for new taxes. This is not a new tax, but rather a reduction and rededication of a past tax.
I ask that each of us consider this measure carefully.