Written by AARON CASTREJON
CLAREMONT – City leaders will commission a study to determine the feasibility of contracting with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to patrol Claremont.
The issue will be discussed at the upcoming Claremont City Council meeting Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department is being considered as a way to address the city’s budget deficit.
City leaders state 45 percent of the city’s general fund expenditure is spent on the Claremont Police Department, equaling $12.1 million per year. The city anticipates a projected general fund budget deficit of $2.8 million by the 2023-24 fiscal year.
Last June, city leaders declared a fiscal emergency.
Measure CR, a proposed .75 percent sales and use tax increase, was denied by voters.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is experiencing a gargantuan $63 million deficit.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva may deny the request to contract services with further cities if the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department cannot fulfill recruitment goals, according to city documents.
The city will present a report on the process of requesting a feasibility study. The study occurs in two phases, lasting six to nine months at a cost from $125,000 to $150,000, according to the City of Claremont.
A formal request for a study must be made before the Sheriff’s Department can provide an estimated contract cost.
To send a written comment on the feasibility study, email email@example.com. Public written and oral comment will be taken at the February 11 meeting in the Council Chamber, 207 Harvard Ave. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is streamed live on the City website at www.claremontca.org.