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October 12, 2013

Police release stats to make case for grant

Some councilors wary about accepting school resource officer funds


Kelcourse raised the idea of having the matching grant money come out of a police or school budget as a possible alternative to asking residents to foot the bill.

“We should expand our efforts to take money out of existing budgets rather than to ask taxpayers to pony up additional money,” Kelcourse said.

McClure sounded less willing than her counterpart to discuss the idea saying she would prefer to see additional adjustment counselors in the schools rather than police officers.

“We’re missing the root of the problem and sort of putting a Band-aid on that,” McClure said.

Kelcourse said despite the 90-day time limit imposed by the federal government, he thinks the council will be able to vote on the issue in time.

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