The Mandan Police Department was recently the focus of a television article. In the course of the reporting it was stated that the MPD was short seven officers and one of the reasons was that they are paying less than those in Bismarck. My guess is the benefits also are probably better in Bismarck.
That got me to thinking (which some of you may think is a dangerous thing — lol) about how to retain these individuals and make the streets of Mandan even safer. Only one solution — boils down to money. Better pay and benefits. Match Bismarck in both areas.
With the current budget woes everywhere in North Dakota, as the result of the state-cities-counties, etc., spending money like “drunken sailors” (no offense to the Navy), there are few choices as to where this money would come from. Cutting other services is not a good idea. Raising taxes? Mandan already has higher average property taxes ($2,685 compared to $2,340 on a $150,000 home) and sales tax (7.25 percent compared to 6.5 percent) than Bismarck.
But, in the area of taxes I do have some suggestions. Stop giving tax breaks to every new house that’s built, every new business that pops up, etc. Not sure what this costs Mandan every year but am sure it is substantial. Spend our money like it was your money.
Then, maybe, the MPD could hire the officers needed to keep the streets safer from drivers that think 25 means 35 or higher, school zone speed limits don’t apply to them, and yellow lights mean speed up so you can beat a red light. Think I’m joking? Try and obey the traffic laws for just one day. You will see that traffic laws mean nothing in Mandan to most drivers.
Brad Volk, Mandan