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Council Expected to Approve New Crime Control & Prevention Budget

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

City Council is expected to approve the new budget for the Corpus Christi Crime Control and Prevention District at their Tuesday meeting.

The $6.4 million budget includes a four-percent raise for officers and a two-percent pay increase for civilian personnel, and is funded with revenue from the Red Light Camera program and a half-cent of the City sales tax.

According to Corpus Christi Police Department Chief Floyd Simpson, the biggest change over last year is the purchase of motorcycles for traffic officers. Until now, the City has given officers a monthly stipend for purchasing their own motorcycles.

"There will be six bought, so Crime Control will buy three, and then the City's regular general fund, utilizing some red light money, those red light cameras, that'll be three," Simpson said. "So we'll have a total of six bought this fiscal year, and next year that arrangement will continue and we'll have four more."

The purchase will allow all eight motorcycle officers to have new bikes and two others for backup. Officers who still owe money for their motorcycles will be allowed to continue using them until their purchase or lease agreements are satisfied.

The Crime Control and Prevention District budget also pays for the salaries of 50 police officers, the purchase of five replacement police vehicles and support equipment.

Council will take final action on the budget at their regular weekly meeting.

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