Southmayd police stay for now

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SOUTHMAYD, TX – The city council voted to keep the police force for at least six more months. City leaders plan to explore ways to pay for the force.

The council met for hours, and ultimately decided to cut back on the court clerk’s phone line, a data line, and copier maintenance, and looked for other cost-cutting measures.

Citizens gave their input as well; with some saying they would be willing to give private donations to continue the force. One resident suggested a benefit dinner or silent auction. The city accountant gave figures, projecting the city will have $50-$70,000 in losses if they keep the force.

Monthly the city loses about $5600 with the force as it is.

One suggestion was to increase the sales tax. Council members must decide what to do by February 12th.

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