A simple way to make our neighborhoods safer is a public outreach campaign expanding participation in County Emergency Response Team (CERT). Safer neighborhoods starts with us. Washoe County can also shorten call times is by creating a regional dispatch. A regional dispatch will be straight forward and allow for a faster response from the right agencies. I support a proportional growth component for our Sheriff's Office, currently we have the same level as 1998 while the county has more than doubled in size.
With new jobs coming into the area, that our workforce is not trained for, we are seeing growth to fill these jobs. Members of our community need housing that fits their budget. We can implement the Supplemental Government Services Fee to have more than one affordable housing project every year, specifically targeting families making less than 60,000 a year. Our youth and underemployed need training to fill these new high paying positions. Tenants need more protections and landlords must be held accountable for conditions.
Our infrastructure ranges from the highways and schools we are outgrowing to the educated workforce like teachers and carpenters who are leaving the area for bigger paychecks. We have tapped out our bonds. As we move away from casino tax revenue, our community needs to find businesses and developers to be stakeholders in our community. Public/ Private partnerships are happening already; they need direction to best serve our neighborhoods.
Every neighborhood struggles with water; flooding in the winter and drought in the summer. We need better stormwater infrastructure, water supply and sewer service, especially as we grow. Treated sewer water is the up and coming issue, incorporating purple water/ treated water in landscaping is one of the many ways we can aid in this issue.
Washoe County is known for its outdoor beauty. Urban sprawl is finding its way into our rural areas and is looking for ways to invade our public lands. The beautiful landscape, clean air and water we enjoy should be here for our generations that follow. The Washoe County Lands Bill hasn't gone through enough public scrutiny. The process is a long one and it requires more public input.