By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Crime Control and Prevention District proposed for the Town of Annetta — which voters have the chance to accept or reject in the May 10 election — moved forward last week with an April 7 public hearing.
During the sparsely attended hearing, two residents spoke in favor of the proposed district, which would fund crime reduction programs with dedicated revenue from a sales tax increase.
“I definitely am for this,” Danny Coffman, a candidate for town council, said, “and would like to see our citizens get behind it for a number of reasons. One, I would love for us to be more proactive with crime prevention.
“There are obviously little things that happen here ... and as our area does grow, we will see more things come up. If we can have this established already, we can stay one step ahead.”
Resident Katherine Thompson worried aloud about the potential for a successful liquor election in neighboring Aledo — also on the May 10 ballot — and advocated that East Parker County cities work together to fight crime.
“I’m opposed to [the liquor election] for a lot of reasons,” she said, “but I do absolutely believe it increases crime. Everybody always talks about how they want liquor because it increases revenue, but according to everything I’ve read, you always end up spending your revenue taking care of the problems the liquor brings in.”
“We can patrol our little streets all day long, but if the town right next to us is just opening their doors wide, it’s going to bleed over into our neighborhoods.”
The hearing was presided over by the proposed district’s temporary board, which includes Mike Herring, Dennis Thompson, president Mark Wohl, secretary Robert Carter, Shelby Kimball, Cynthia Harrison and Laurie Sheridan.
If voters approve it, the Crime Control and Prevention District would be fueled by a one-quarter of one percent increase in the city’s sales tax, upping it from 7.75 percent to 8 percent.
Of that, 1.25 percent would go to the Town of Annetta, 6.25 percent to the state and .5O percent to Parker County.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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