Instead of lowering its tax rate, the city should keep it at its current level and use the extra $220,544 it would raise to hire more police officers, the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association said in a letter sent to city officials this week.
Greenacres has 49 officers, said the association, which represents public-safety employees in the 38,000-resident city. That’s down from 54 officers in 2007, when its population was only about 32,000, and has dropped the ratio of officers to every 1,000 residents to 1.3, far below the two officers per 1,000 residents that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement recommends, the letter said.
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