The City of Redmond is engaging community members on how to continue to fund Redmond’s emergency services today and into the future. All residents are invited to share their feedback to inform the draft plan through a community meeting and online questionnaire.
The draft plan will be presented by Redmond Mayor Angela Birney to the City Council in May.
In the past decade, Redmond has grown significantly, and according to the city, so has the number of Fire and Police Department calls, but revenue and staffing levels have not kept up.
Redmond is seeking to continue to fund a responsive public safety system that maintains a high level of service and meets the needs of our evolving city. To achieve this, the city has prepared a draft Redmond Safety Funding Plan which includes:
Investing in innovative response programs like Mental Health Response and Mobile Integrated Health
Increasing Fire and Police personnel to keep pace with our growing city
Funding ongoing expenses of body worn cameras to increase Police Department transparency and accountability
Reinvesting in the existing levy passed in 2007 that supports multiple fire, aid, police, and emergency response personnel
Community members are encouraged to help shape the plan through in-person and online opportunities by visiting www.LetsConnectRedmond.com/Safety to learn more about the draft plan and register to attend a community meeting on the subject.
The community meeting will take place in-person on Monday, April 4 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Redmond City Hall Council Chambers, on 15670 NE 85th St. There will also be an online community meeting via Teams at 7 to 8 pm.
Community members can also respond to an online questionnaire by Friday, April 15. The questionnaire can be found here.