Yakima cities are talking about a team approach to crime-fighting

When the Yakima City Council meets on Tuesday, it will discuss a proposal from the Yakima Valley Intergovernmental Conference to tackle local crime. YVCOG brings a regional crime resource center to the Yakima Valley.

It’s a team approach to funding local crime fighting

They say it’s an opportunity for all jurisdictions to come together to fight local crime. They say it’s a big step forward in increasing public safety and evaluating solutions to reduce crime. YVCOG officials say the goal is to work together across jurisdictions to support one another, with shared information and resources.

The funding proposal was the subject of discussions between YVCOG and cities

How is the proposal funded? A press release said the costs would be shared. “When YVCOG was formed in 1966, it set out how we would work and ‘share’ the costs. In order to influence the budget of all members equally, was determined. YVCOG uses the Office of Financial Management (OFM) estimated population for each member and calculates the percentage of the population for the region for each jurisdiction.
This percentage is used when determining the “share” in the cost of a regional service. Even today, this is still the fairest way to share in the costs. YVCOG understands how tight your budgets are. We have applied for funding to help with some of the start-up costs for the center and will hear from us in April if our application is successful.”

The council will also hear about the efforts at Olympia

The council meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. They will also talk about how Yakima has benefited from the last legislature.
The meeting will be held via Zoom and in person at Yakima City Hall, 129 N. 2nd Street. Masks are optional for those attending in person, as a statewide mask mandate ended March 12.
Live public commentary on agenda items via Zoom is available. Click Public Comment | City Council (yakimawa.gov) for guidance and a public comment request form.

You can call City Hall and listen over the phone

Another option is to call and listen to the meeting:
Dial 1-253-215-8782 or 1-971-247-1195
When asked for the meeting ID, enter 995 4732 1316 #.
When prompted for the participant ID, enter #
When asked for the meeting password, enter 142536#.

The Yakima City Council Regular Meeting on March 15 will be broadcast live at 5:30 p.m. on Y-PAC, Charter Spectrum Channel 194 and streamed live at https://www.yakimawa.gov/council/live-stream/

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