The Next Casino Revenue Commitments to Public Safety

Casino revenue has already been used or allocated toward public safety projects including Outdoor Warning Sirens in and around Cape Girardeau, Electronic Ticketing, and the needs study for the Police Station.

Should the Fire Sales Tax renewal pass on the November ballot, the revenue will be used for facilities and vehicles as outlined at cityofcape.org/firesalestax. Part of the plan for funding public safety needs is to also reserve some casino funds for these projects:

  • Replacement Police Station: $2.8 million (of the $11 million)
  • Radio Interoperability: $1.2 million
  • Security improvements to the Emergency Operations Center: $100,000

Police Station Funding
It is no secret that our police station needs to be replaced. Since the Police Department moved into the current building in fall 1976, both our police officers and the city they serve have changed. Policing grows more specialized and the need for technology and innovation increases.  The City’s estimated daytime population increased from 60,000 to as much as 100,000 meaning there are far more people tapping our public safety services every day than our population suggests.

PD-TourWe posted comments from visitors to our 2014 open houses, and the topic has been covered at length in the local news media, on Cape Chronicle public access programming, and at City Council meetings.

If the Fire Sales Tax passes, the station could be replaced using three different funding sources outlined below. The estimated cost to build the station is $11 million, of which $4 million could come from the Fire Sales Tax, and $2.8 million might come from casino funds. The remaining $4.2 million could come from Restaurant Tax revenue.

Proposed Replacement Police Station Funding Sources (total $11 million)

  • Restaurant Tax: $4.2 million
  • Fire Sales Tax: $4.0 million
  • Casino Funds: $2.8 million

Related Links / Information About the Police Station

Radio Interoperability
In the wake of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, emergency response organizations nationwide have pushed for radio interoperability. Enabling consistent radio communication among public safety agencies is a top priority for Missouri’s homeland security program and for the City of Cape Girardeau.

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With the City’s current radio communications system, our own departments, including Fire and Police, can’t always communicate effectively when it’s most important. They can’t reach all of the county, state, and other agencies they need to speak with. Upgrading to a interoperable radio system will improve communications within the city and with other regional and statewide partners. All radios would be replaced, and another antenna would be added to cover the span and topography of the city, giving our personnel better radio access both outside and indoors.

Related Links / Information About Radio Interoperability

[VIDEO] March 2014 issue of Cape Chronicle: Radio Interoperability
Recent and Historical Radio Images

Security at the Emergency Operations Center
From major disasters to minor snow storms, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the hub of emergency response efforts. At the EOC, city leadership, public safety, support personnel and partner agencies come together to focus on the coordination, communication, resource allocation and tracking, and information collection, analysis and dissemination related to a specific incident. Security at the EOC and 911 Communications Center will protect the building and the people inside of it so they can help preserve life and property in the city.

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