Pittsburg residents will vote in September on a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to help fund police and fire operations.
A city commission vote to put the issue up for a citywide vote.
Police Chief Mendy Hulvey says her department is understaffed and the city "sorely needs" a narcotics unit.
Commissioners asked City Manager Daron Hall to come up with a solution. That's when Hall formed a safety advisory board with 20 members from the community.
The board then presented a recommendation of a half cent sales tax increase.
The vote is set for September 17.