After long discussions and some deep financial concerns by the Toledo City Council, the city council has signed a modified contract with the Siletz Tribes for reduced police services for Siletz. Instead of 120 hours of service a week, there will be 80. The reduction in fees for service by the Tribes drops payments to Toledo by $115,000 a year which normally would threaten the layoff of one Toledo Police officer. However, with some quick financial scrambling by the Toledo City Council, a major portion of the shortfall may be made up through a grant from the Tribes’ Charitable Foundation along with some city franchise fee payments that are reportedly in arrears by the Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District to the city – said to be due to a CLPUD bookkeeping error.
In the meatime, the Siletz City Council, which does not have broad taxing authority like many cities, indicated that they would be evaluating the situation during their upcoming budget hearings and see if they can come up with at least something – perhaps $5,000 a year. The city of Siletz is basically a water company with a city hall, with very limited services to its 1,100 citizens. The Tribes have traditionally stepped in to pay for police services since its tribal offices are located in Siletz. The Tribes reported to the Toledo City Council that the recession has hit their tribal income to the point they needed to trim police costs in Siletz.