Trying to save Southmayd's police department

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SOUTHMAYD, Tex. -- A packed house in Southmayd as residents came in droves to express concerns about possibly losing their police force. The city account put it the most bluntly when he said the city must stop the bleeding or bleed to death, financially speaking.

City officials say finances is the main reason the police force is in jeopardy.

Residents filled the S&S Elementary cafeteria to hear about the status of the police department. Several residents expressed their concerns. The city accountant says for the past eight years the city has experienced continued losses, and they're using what he describes as future money to pay current bills.

City leaders have proposed one way to get them back in the black is to eliminate the department. Some residents say no matter the cost, it's not an option.

"My husband is on disability, my good friend is disabled,” says Pat Keffer, a Southmayd resident. “We need our firefighters. We need our police officers."

The council did not make any decisions Tuesday night. The agenda just called to discuss the "status;” to explore any options they may have to save it.

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