jefferson parish sheriff`s office recap of 1/4 cent sales tax effect

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JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RENEWAL OF THE 1994 ¼ CENT
LAW ENFORCEMENT DISTRICT
SALES TAX
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
$20.00
$15.00
$10.00
$5.00
Sales Taxes
20
11
20
08
20
05
20
02
$0.00
19
99
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$25.00
19
96
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Original Proposal
estimated an increase
of $10.9 million per
year.
By 2011, total ¼ cent
sales taxes collections
exceed $18.2 million
annually.
The 1/4 cent tax
generates $14.0 million
per year for the Sheriff’s
Office.
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JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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FY 10/11, total sales tax
collections for JPSO
(including the 1/8 and
1/4 cent sales taxes)
amounted to $21.0
million or 16.9% of the
Sheriff’s General Fund
revenues.
The ¼ cent sales tax
made up about 2/3rds
of this figure ($14.0
million or 12.3% of the
total exp).
16.9%
Sales Tax
Property Tax
Intergovernmental
Service Charges & Commissions
Fines & forfietures
Other
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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As promised in the Sales Tax Proposal, the
majority of this money has gone to salaries and
benefits. In fact, the tax covers 12.3% of JPSO
costs and 15.7% of salaries and benefits.
In 1993, salaries and benefits totaled $39.5 million.
FY 02/03, salaries and benefits totaled $67.0 million,
and by FY10/11, salaries and benefits have reached
$89.3 million.
The increase is made up of three parts - 1) more
personnel, 2) higher salaries (as raises were given
after the initial tax passed), and 3) higher benefit
costs (retirement and health insurance).
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF
GENERAL GOVERNMENTAL EXPENDITURES BY CATEGORY
Fiscal
Year
1993 $
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Salaries
& Benefits
39,547,715
41,302,685
44,612,643
47,757,057
50,410,015
51,924,775
52,648,342
57,400,271
60,695,503
65,494,890
67,013,282
67,202,039
68,981,748
68,229,528
74,161,993
84,360,964
93,048,946
89,840,081
89,348,496
Operating
Expenses
$
8,905,615
8,148,733
11,698,467
12,170,805
14,583,763
17,182,839
16,660,376
18,150,499
12,709,476
14,168,420
14,730,818
15,482,214
16,194,695
17,672,433
18,693,717
18,624,174
19,842,147
19,390,880
19,822,971
Intergovernmental
$
800,000
2,200,000
808,046
1,411,269
1,554,512
1,512,343
188,165
90,453
120,382
91,762
320,382
51,352
66,352
145,544
99,359
46,352
38,852
Capital
Outlay (2)
$
706,717
726,130
2,826,532
3,169,959
4,000,161
1,384,839
4,753,446
3,285,370
3,870,649
4,179,618
5,652,351
2,850,492
3,530,779
4,652,251
11,772,768
8,152,506
5,913,029
4,126,047
4,521,983
1/4 cent
Sales Tax
Collections
Total
$
49,160,047
50,977,548
61,337,642
63,097,821
69,801,985
71,903,722
75,616,676
80,348,483
77,463,793
83,933,381
87,516,833
85,626,507
89,027,604
90,605,564
104,694,830
111,283,188
118,903,481
113,403,360
113,732,302
$
2,413,000
9,667,000
10,139,000
9,656,000
10,338,000
10,659,000
11,061,000
11,293,000
11,604,000
11,663,000
11,947,000
12,430,000
15,601,000
15,868,000
15,037,000
13,674,000
12,649,000
14,010,000
% of
Expenditures
0.0%
4.7%
15.8%
16.1%
13.8%
14.4%
14.1%
13.8%
14.6%
13.8%
13.3%
14.0%
14.0%
17.2%
15.2%
13.5%
11.5%
11.2%
12.3%
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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Since 1993, the salaries for Law Enforcement
personnel has increased from $39.5 million to $89.0
million.
The starting salary for a deputy has gone from
$1,400/month ($8.07/hour) to $2,750/month
($15.87/hour) - an increase of 96.4%.
The last raise given by the Sheriff was in 2006, the
year after Hurricane Katrina.
Despite this dramatic increase, salaries at JPSO still
lag behind the southern average, as well as other
local jurisdictions (St. Tammany, New Orleans, etc.).
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
CHANGES IN BASE PAY FOR JPSO DEPUTIES - 7/1/1992 TO 10/1/2006
Date
DEPUTY I
Monthly
Base
7/1/1992 $
3/1/1994
7/1/1996
1/1/1999
7/1/2000
1/1/2001
1/1/2005
4/1/2006
10/1/2006
1,400
1,560
1,638
1,720
1,900
2,100
2,205
2,500
2,750
DEPUTY II
4/1/2006
10/1/2006
DEPUTY III
DEPUTY IV
(1)
$
Increase
160
78
82
180
200
105
295
250
11.4%
5.0%
5.0%
10.5%
10.5%
5.0%
13.4%
10.0%
2,600
2,900
395
300
17.9%
11.5%
4/1/2006
10/1/2006
2,700
3,050
495
350
22.4%
13.0%
4/1/2006
10/1/2006
2,800
3,200
595
400
27.0%
14.3%
(1) - INITIAL RASIE GIVEN BY 1/4 CENT SALES TAX
$
%
Increase
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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The sales tax proposal promised that JPSO would
hire more deputies and other personnel.
Since 1993, the number of employees has grown
from 1,342 to 1,619 (just prior to Katrina) and now
down to 1,465 - an increase of 123 or 9.2%.
Our budgeted strength is 1,465.
This includes 150 additional people hired to man the
new jail annex back in 2001. The costs to man the
new jail were borne completely by the Sheriff – no
funding from any other source or tax.
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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One of the main reasons for additional personnel
cited in 1993 was the increasing number of calls
for service.
In 1984, calls for service totaled 144,000 and by
1992, they totaled 273,000. Projections were that
they would exceed 300,000 very soon.
The projections were right. By 2005, calls for service
peaked at 401,000.
While the numbers have decreased over the past
few years, calls for service still top 325,000 per
year (just about 890 per day).
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
500,000
450,000
400,000
350,000
300,000
Population
Calls For Service
201
1
201
0
200
9
200
8
200
7
200
6
200
5
200
4
200
3
200
2
200
1
200
0
199
9
199
8
199
7
199
6
199
5
199
4
250,000
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF
OPERATING INDICATORS
Last Five Fiscal Years
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Calls for Service
359,285
379,370
365,815
346,582
328,808
Responses to Calls for Service
336,071
360,037
347,950
329,313
309,616
Deaths
643
681
634
613
423
Average Response Time (in minutes)
5.33
4.26
3.95
3.80
3.89
52
70
663
1,963
51
81
597
1,708
46
79
548
1,592
47
71
486
1,505
51
68
434
1,243
Total Persons Crimes
2,748
2,437
2,265
2,109
1,796
Burglary
Theft
Vehicle Theft
3,784
9,832
1,909
3,505
9,465
1,643
3,507
9,945
1,413
3,177
9,343
1,160
2,950
8,820
992
Total Property Crimes
15,525
14,613
14,865
13,680
12,762
TOTAL
18,273
17,050
17,130
15,789
14,558
193
149
118
131
116
Crime Statistics:
Murders
Rapes
Robberies
Assaults
Arson
Estimated Value of Property Stolen
$
39,216,276
$
30,422,669
$
28,512,155
$
24,137,229
$
25,097,047
Estimated Vale of Property Recovered
$
13,841,498
$
9,455,709
$
9,422,911
$
7,193,156
$
5,780,270
Crime Rate per 1,000 Residents
55.2
52.9
52.7
47.9
44.6
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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The sales tax proposal promised other things besides
increased salaries and personnel.
A state-of-the-art 800 MHZ radio system was also
proposed at a cost of $8 million.
The radio system was built and is currently
operational. The total cost to date is $13.1 million
(including a $3 million federal grant which allowed the
local cities to use the system).
This system has since been replaced with a state-ofthe-art 700 MHZ radio system (funded with sales
taxes and federal grants).
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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The sales tax proposal also promised to keep the
JPSO fleet of vehicles in better shape.
Since the tax went into effect, the Sheriff has adopted
a policy of turning the fleet over every four years.
This is costing the Sheriff’s Office an average of $3.2
million per year.
Before the tax went into effect, we were spending an
average of $600,000 per year on vehicles and
equipment.
Maintaining a good fleet is critical to maintaining
a response time below 5 minutes.
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF
GENERAL GOVERNMENTAL EXPENDITURES BY CATEGORY
Fiscal
Year
1,993
1,994
1,995
1,996
1,997
1,998
1,999
2,000
2,001
2,002
2,003
2,004
2,005
2,006
2,007
2,008
2,009
2,010
2,011
Salaries
& Benefits
$ 39,547,715
41,302,685
44,612,643
47,757,057
50,410,015
51,924,775
52,648,342
57,400,271
60,695,503
65,494,890
67,013,282
67,202,039
68,981,748
68,229,528
74,161,993
84,360,964
93,048,946
89,840,081
89,348,496
Operating
Expenses
$
8,905,615
8,148,733
11,698,467
12,170,805
14,583,763
17,182,839
16,660,376
18,150,499
12,709,476
14,168,420
14,730,818
15,482,214
16,194,695
17,672,433
18,693,717
18,624,174
19,842,147
19,390,880
19,822,971
Intergovernmental
$-
Capital
Outlay (2)
$
800,000
2,200,000
808,046
1,411,269
1,554,512
1,512,343
188,165
90,453
120,382
91,762
320,382
51,352
66,352
145,544
99,359
46,352
38,852
706,717
726,130
2,826,532
3,169,959
4,000,161
1,384,839
4,753,446
3,285,370
3,870,649
4,179,618
5,652,351
2,850,492
3,530,779
4,652,251
11,772,768
8,152,506
5,913,029
4,126,047
4,521,983
Total
$
49,160,047
50,977,548
61,337,642
63,097,821
69,801,985
71,903,722
75,616,676
80,348,483
77,463,793
83,933,381
87,516,833
85,626,507
89,027,604
90,605,564
104,694,830
111,283,188
118,903,481
113,403,360
113,732,302
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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Perhaps the best indicator of the effect this ¼ cent
sales tax has had is the number of crimes.
Since the ¼ cent sales tax went into effect in
1995, the Total Number of Crimes has steadily
declined (see graph).
More police on the streets, better paid and motivated
officers, and better technology has allowed this to
happen.
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
Total Crimes
35,000
30,000
25,000
20,000
1/4 ct Sales
Tax Goes
Into Effect
15,000
10,000
5,000
Total Crimes
20
09
20
07
20
05
20
03
20
01
19
99
19
97
19
95
19
93
19
91
19
89
19
87
19
85
19
83
19
81
Ye
ar
0
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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The sales tax proposal promised one last thing intergovernmental cooperation to improve the local
criminal justice system
To help the local courts, the Sheriff pledged $1.5
million towards the construction of a new 24th JDC
courthouse. This money was set aside in 1995.
The Sheriff also pledged $1.0 million towards a new
Juvenile Court lock-up and processing center.
This money too has been set aside since 1995.
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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Two more “big-ticket” items have been purchased
with the help of the 1/4 cent sales tax - the new jail
annex and the new Westbank Administrative Office.
The Sheriff committed nearly $5.3 million of video
poker money to the jail annex. This would not have
been possible without the sales tax in place.
To date, JPSO has spent over $7.0 million on the
purchase and renovation of the old La Gas building in
Harvey. The new administrative offices were
occupied in FY 2000. Again, this would not have
been possible without the sales tax.
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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It should be noted that while this tax is
levied by the JPSO, it truly benefits every
police department in the Parish
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–
–
–
–
–
Kenner PD
Gretna PD
Westwego PD
Harahan PD
Grand Isle PD
Lafitte PD
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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Under the tax ordinance, sales taxes
collected within a municipality remains
with that municipality.
Thus, the ¼ cent law enforcement tax that is
levied by JPSO goes back to the
municipalities to help fund their police
departments.
Per the schedule, in total, this tax covers
12.5% of Parish-wide law enforcement
costs.
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
MUNICIPALITY
FYE
KENNER
6/30/2010
GRETNA
3/31/2011
WESTWEGO
LAW ENF
COSTS
$
19.2%
9,836,109
692,852
7.0%
12/31/2010
2,995,154
171,525
5.7%
HARHAN
12/31/2010
1,689,752
151,385
9.0%
GRAND ISLE
6/30/2010
557,786
55,863
10.0%
LAFITTE
6/30/2010
1,265,834
15,624
1.2%
4,093,141
12.8%
14,109,152
12.4%
18,202,293
12.5%
JPSO
6/30/2011
32,033,346
$
% OF
COSTS
3,005,892
$
15,688,711
1/4 CENT
SALES TAX
COLLECTIONS
$
113,732,302
$
145,765,648
$
JEFFERSON PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE
RECAP OF 1/4 CENT SALES TAX EFFECT
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In conclusion, the sales tax has done what it
was supposed to do - help us keep Jefferson
Parish safe.
Since it accounts for 12.5% of total law
enforcement costs, it is clearly a large part of
our operating plan.
This is NOT a new tax, merely a renewal of
a very critical funding source.
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