New Hope has enjoyed a relatively stable population for many years. Unfortunately Collin county can not say the same.
The population of Collin county has exploded, and has been considered the fastest growing area in the country for several years.
All of this growth does not come without a penalty, as we have seen with the massive increase in traffic. Beyond the traffic is a rise in service calls for the Collin County Sheriffs office. These are the people that keep New Hope safe. While calls to New Hope have risen only a small amount, the remainder of the county has increased to the point where average response time has gone to unacceptable levels.
As an incorporated town, we need the Sheriffs department services, without them we would have to pay for our own police department and all the supporting equipment involved.
The solution is to add additional people to help cover the increased demand. To this end Sheriff Skinner has asked that the towns covered by is deputies help cover the cost of adding additional patrol officers. The county commissioners hopefully will bear the majority of the burden, but the increase needed is large.
I met with sheriff Skinner this morning and I agree with his plan. Because New Hope is small, with a small budget, he has asked for us to pay for just ¼ of the cost of one new officer. I feel this is a reasonable cost and far cheaper than New Hope providing our own protective services.
Can we say no? Yes we can, but the cost to us would be increase response time and the possible repercussions from this.
I will be discussion this at the February 28, 2017 Town Hall Meeting and asking the council to provide the requested funds. All citizens are encouraged to attend and make your opinion known. There is a set time at the beginning of every meeting to express your thoughts.
Jess Herbst - Mayor the Town of New Hope