City Council plans to spend 10% of the new Derby Difference sales tax on Public Safety equipment and capital needs. This is estimated to generate ~$10M in revenue.
Staff evaluated public safety equipment and capital needs between 2025 and 2035. Some items that would be purchased for public safety equipment and capital improvements from sales tax include:
Fire engines/trucks, fire hose, personnel protective equipment, police vehicles, police body cameras/software, and other police equipment.
Needed additional office and training space at the Derby Police Department facility.
The proposed sales tax would allow the City to pay for the above items and other emerging public safety needs using sales tax dollars rather than the general fund property tax dollars. This eases the property tax burden on Derby residents by sharing those costs with the many visitors who shop and eat, spending sales tax dollars in Derby.