Bakersfield’s City Manager says the budget is balanced, but the city is understaffed.
City Manager Alan Tandy’s message at the annual State of the City Wednesday was Bakersfield’s staffing hasn’t kept up with the population growth, including sworn officers.
Tandy said the proposed 1 cent sales tax Bakersfield voters will see on their November election ballot would bolster Bakersfield’s financial stability and provide funding for more officers.
“We’re not in a deficit mode or anything like that, but we do have 30 percent fewer officers per 1,000 than other jurisdictions of our size, so we’d like to catch up on that,” he said.
He says the money will primarily be used for public safety and promoting economic development.
You can find out more about the proposed tax on previous editions of Kern County: In Depth.