Would Nueces County residents be willing to pay an extra $1.50 when they register their cars, so that Corpus Christi ISD schools can provide crossing guards?
That's what the Mayor of Corpus Christi and other city leaders asked Nueces County Commissioners to do.
"We can have a sustainable income stream that we don't have to scramble around through our budgets and see what you cut and what your able to fund. And we can continue to provide that kind of safety that I think is very essential for the schools," said Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame.
"What ultimately happens is, we're responsible for protecting kids as they cross at intersections and I'm going to have to act as the police chief and more than likely we'll have to use cops if something like this doesn't pass we'll have sworn cops crossing kids," says Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson.
Only 28 of the 91 school crossings in the city will be manned come the opening of the next school year this fall.
The Mayor and the Police Chief told commissioners, the added $1.50 per registration would add an extra $275,000 to the crossing guard program, enough to make up the needed crossing guards. But while the idea was presented to county commissioners for their consideration, wait till you hear what commissioners have to say about Wednesday's request for the added tax. That's coming up on 3News at 6:00 PM.
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