Menlo Park has a police services budget of $14,689,025 and spends $477 per capita on those services. Woodside spends $242 per capita, Portola Valley spends just $111 per capita and San Carlos has just negotiated a contract with the Sheriff which will cost $249 per capita. Menlo Park could easily save $6-7 million per year and avoid any future unfunded pension liabilities by outsourcing police services to the Sheriff.
The Menlo Park Council routinely spends hours discussing budget items that are less than $100,000 but somehow Mayor Cline feels that doing a fact based analysis on police outsourcing and having public discussion and input on this issue is simply unnecessary.
Oh well, why worry about a $7 million/year savings for every year going forward?