Fort Worth voters to decide on funding for Crime Control and Prevention District
Voters will decide “whether to continue Fort Worth crime prevention and control for 10 years and sales tax for crime prevention and control for 10 years”. (Katherine Borey / Community Impact Newspaper)
With police funding remaining a key issue in the national spotlight, voters in the city of Fort Worth will vote on July 14th to hear their voices on the issue.
Voters will decide “whether the crime prevention and crime prevention district in Fort Worth will continue for 10 years and the crime prevention and control sales tax will continue for 10 years.”
Founded in 1995 after high crime rates in the city in the 1980s, the CCP funds “some of the staff and equipment” of the Fort Worth Police Department, according to city officials.
Since the CCP’s inception, the number of “Part I” crimes such as murder, rape, vehicle theft, and arson has decreased by 63% per 100,000 population.
“The CCP is providing additional officers to specialized units and patrol departments to respond to emerging crime trends, combat violent crimes and get the most active offenders off the streets,” said Police Chief Ed Kraus.
With a budget of more than $ 85 million in fiscal 2019-20, the CCPD is providing police support in key areas such as equipment, infrastructure, improved enforcement and crime prevention in the neighborhood, Kraus said.
With more than $ 32 million annually, most of CCPD’s revenue is spent on equipment and infrastructure, including asset projects such as the North Patrol Division headquarters on North Riverside Drive.
Elsewhere, heightened enforcement such as additional SWAT and mounted patrol officers and neighborhood crime prevention cost more than $ 24 million and more than $ 16 million per year, respectively.
The crime prevention unit “coordinates community events to educate people about various safety programs, including personal safety and workplace violence,” said Christianne Simmons, FWPD associate director.
According to Simmons, the crime and prevention district sales tax of $ 0.005 is a small fraction of the city’s combined sales tax rate of 8.25%. Taxes for other companies like the state make up the largest part of the tax rate with 6.25% and the city fund with 1%. City residents also pay a $ 0.005 sales tax in support of Trinity Metro.
“The election will determine whether the district crime and prevention tax will continue for 10 years,” Simmons said.
Voters can cast their votes on Election Day, July 14th, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Early voting options will also be available from June 29th to July 10th.
For more information on the Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District, please visit here.