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March 10th, 2009
City to receive $80K from feds

STAFF REPORT

The City of San Marcos announced it will receive an $80,041 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) as part of the federal economic stimulus package.

The JAG program supports efforts such as hiring and support for law enforcement officers, multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces, crime prevention, domestic violence programs and information sharing initiatives.

“These funds may be used for a wide array of criminal justice programs,” said San Marcos City Manager Rick Menchaca. “When we receive more details about the grant we will determine the best use for these funds for our community.”

Members of U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (R-San Antonio) staff informed city officials of the grant. The breakdown of JAG allocations for Texas can be viewed here. JAG funds are distributed according to a formula that factors in population and violent crime statistics. Sixty percent is set aside for the state while the remaining forty percent is allocated to individual municipalities.

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6 thoughts on “City to receive $80K from feds

  1. $80,000 to the city council is chump change and thats how they will spend it, look at their past track record with our taxpayer dollars. What a waste, what a pity! “Everyday is Election Day.” THINK ABOUT IT!

  2. Some stimulus…..take tax payer money and give it to people who already have the most secure jobs on earth. On the other hand the country will need more police and more jails if the current federal administration thinks this is how to stimulate the economy.

  3. A friend of mine down at SMPD who has decades of service on the force explained that the city is mostly interested in hiring more motorcycle police for ticket revenue in order to shore up the dwindling sales tax revenue.

  4. That seems unlikely.

    There is very little traffic enforcement in San Marcos, which I have been told is because of a shortage of officers (up until we finally got the two motorcycles). When I suggested that ticket revenue would cover the cost of the officers needed, I got a lot of push-back from chief Williams, who said that we don’t want to use speeding tickets to generate revenue.

    I didn’t want to use them to raise revenue, either. I just wanted to get some enforcement and pointed out that in the end, the additional expense would be partially (or completely) offset by the tickets. That nearly ended the discussion.

    In my experience, it was like pulling teeth to get him to even ask for more officers and that took a couple of years of prodding. Maybe my perception is off.

    Other times, when I wasn’t told there were no officers, I was told “Well, whenever we do traffic enforcement in the neighborhoods where people complain about speeders, we generally end up writing a lot of tickets to the neighbors and then they complain.”

    Anytime you see speed bumps up and down a street, or a stop sign that seems to serve no purpose, or diverters closing streets off to traffic from one direction, “we love our children” signs and soon, 25 mph speed limits, you’re looking at “traffic calming,” which is our answer to the lack of traffic enforcement.

  5. Ted, my friend has been with SMPD for over 3 decades and is not a street patrol officer and would be in a better position to know if it is so. Lets face it, some people will refuse to see what is in front of their nose until it bites them!
    “When I suggested that ticket revenue would cover the cost of the officers needed, I got a lot of push-back from chief Williams,” PUSHBACK! Gee Ted, did you file assault charges against him?

  6. I have no idea what you are trying to say. If your friend is “in a better position to know if it is so” than the chief of police, that is interesting.

    I put my name here and cited my source, you did neither.

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