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Tucson voters to decide public safety measure

TUCSON - Tucson voters in November will decide where the city should have minimum staffing levels for police and fire protection.

The Tucson City Clerk’s Office certified July 8 a proposed City Charter amendment dubbed the Public Safety First Initiative.

More than 18,000 petition signatures were submitted by the Tucson Association of Realtors. City Clerk Roger Randolph said the initiative easily surpassed the 9,532 signatures needed to get on the ballot.

The measure would require 2.4 police officers per 1,000 residents and mandate that Fire Department response times not exceed the 2004 standards set by the National Fire Protection Association.

City officials estimate the initiative would cost $50 million more per year to pay for the 350 additional police officers and firefighters required.

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