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News Article Critique, Tempe Arizona Week 5 discussion 2 response 2

After reading “Tempe Considers Laying off Police Officers to Cut Costs,” respond to the following questions:

  • What ideas mentioned in the articles do you think will work or will not work in cutting operations expenses? Support your opinions with information from a scholarly source.
  • Who would you solicit input before making budget decisions?
  • How do proposed budget cuts impact the trust in the community? 

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Dave wrote: The proposal in the article suggests cutting personnel and divisions.  This will work as removing personnel will dramatically reduce the total budget amount.  The first complaint from the public will be that the services provided are not meeting their needs or demands that they have come to expect.  The public requires services for the money they are paying (Mikesell, 2011).

The unions and employees should be solicited to see if they are willing to make considerations regarding pay rates and compensation packages.  The unions will want their constituents to remain employed and be willing to make concessions.  The union leaders will not be happy, but the goal is to keep their people employed (Burpo, DeLord, Shannon, & Spearing, 2008).   

It appears that the cuts suggested are in the specialized areas of the Tempe Police Department (Boehnke, 2010).  The specialization of services can limit the function of officers.  The personnel and divisions being cut should be analyzed from a program budget perspective (Gaines & Worrall, 2012).  This will determine whether the program should be retained based on the production and amount of services provided to the public.  The public should be solicited before all of these programs and personnel are cut, especially concerning the production resulting from some of their work.

Sales-tax rate increase will solicit the public to see if they will support paying more in taxes to maintain the services they are receiving.  This will be a deciding factor in whether the citizens believe the budget should remain at its current level. The public will speak with the voice of their vote.  The current tax rate will need to be examined and a decision should be made regarding the fiscal sustainability (Mikesell, 2011).  This will decide whether the tax rate is an undue burden on future generations and analyze whether the true issue is higher taxes or lower budgeting.

A suggested $10.00 surcharge on citations will not be able to generate enough funds in order to prevent a shortfall in the budget.  This may be something that needs to be added in the future to address some budget issues.  This project will not work and may have a negative impact on the public.  The perception may be that the police department is writing citations in order to maintain their budget. 

A citizen survey (Gaines & Worrall, 2012) should be completed in regards to the issues presented in this article.  In many ways the article alone begins to sway the public regarding their perception of the issues.  The dramatic cuts needed will impact the public.  The departments making concessions may have a positive impact on this perception.


Boehnke, M. (2010, January 14). Tempe Considers Laying Off Police Officers to Cut Costs. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved from http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/01/14/20100114tr-pdbudget0120.htm

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