Public Safety Improvements

Public Safety Improvement priorityFirefighters and EMS first responders remain a critical service in need of investment to continue protecting our growing population. In addition, Local Option voters identified a critical need to support mental health and mobile crisis response services, particularly for the community’s youth population.

Through Local Option revenue, the City remains committed to focusing on both public safety priorities.


FY2021 Local Option expenditures

Area
Public Safety Improvements & Expenditures

FY2021
Budget

FY2021
Actual

Firefighter Positions

$1,339,000

$1,339,000

Mobile Mental Health Crisis Service Grant

$200,000

Total Budget

$1,539,000

$1,339,000

Firefighter Positions

FY2021 Local Option revenue was used to provide ongoing funding for firefighter positions originally funded by a federal Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, which expired during FY2019.

The security of these positions and the Des Moines Fire Department’s recent recruitment initiatives have made it possible to pursue an opportunity to construct and staff a new state-of-the art fire station at 42nd Avenue and Hubbell Avenue to improve first response services to the expanding population in the northeast corner of Des Moines. Fire Station #11 construction will be completed by the end of fall 2021.

In future fiscal years, this budgeted Local Option revenue will support maintaining and improving DMFD service levels and providing necessary equipment improvements.


Mobile Mental Health Crisis Service Grant

This Local Option funding is set aside for mental health and mobile crisis programs that support the needs of our residents. A financial focus has been established to improve the City’s response to residents that need mental health and crisis services. The Des Moines Police Department, which operates its own Mobile Crisis Unit, has developed a grant to support area non-profit agencies that provide additional mental health and mobile crisis services.

Des Moines Police and Broadlawns Medical Center are partnering to expand mobile mental health services. Local Option funds will be used to make a contribution to Broadlawns to provide two mental health professionals and a vehicle for crisis response. A final agreement will come before Council this fall.

The Local Option funds available for this grant program carry over each year they are not spent. Funds budgeted for FY2020 and FY2021 will be used in FY2022 to support the finalized agreement.