Police Budget 2021
The Police Department represents 45% of the city's 2021 General Fund spending, and is the largest portion of the city’s budget. This amounts to about $43 million annually and has been increasing over the last few years. This amount is added to $5 million in additional revenues to total $48 million spent on policing in 2021.
Due to charter mandated minimum staffing requirements, the number of officers employed by Dearborn Police is inflexible. This means that reductions to the city's budget must come from other city services.
The inflated police department budget has resulted significant financial strife for the City of Dearborn, including the cessation of city services, and increases in City property taxes.
(Image from FY 2021 City Budget Packet, page 28).