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On July 12, 2018, the City of Coppell held a Public Hearing to discuss the Crime Control and Prevention District. The Crime Control and Prevention District is primarily funded by a quarter-cent sales tax that was reauthorized by Coppell voters in November 2011.
The Crime Control and Prevention District is a Special Revenue Fund, meaning that it is a fund with a special and restricted purpose. This fund is used to support police programs and services geared toward preventing crime. The Crime Control and Prevention District is used to fund all of the School Resource Officers, or SROs, that are present on Coppell ISD campuses to ensure the safety of students and teachers. The Coppell Police Department also allocates a portion of the Crime Control and Prevention District for educational programs such as the Junior Police Academy and self-defense courses for women and high school-aged girls.
A portion of the Crime Control and Prevention District is also used to fund community service officers and a crime analyst who uses detailed data to detect any crime patterns and help officers proactively patrol areas with higher incident rates.
The funds are also used to pay Coppell's portion of the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC), the joint dispatch center that is shared with Addison, Carrollton and Farmers Branch, and for the purchase patrol vehicles and equipment for the Coppell Police Department.
"The Crime Control and Prevention District goes a long way to helping us ensure the safety of our students, teachers, residents and businesses," said Police Chief Mac Tristan. "Without the Crime Control and Prevention District funding, we would have a difficult time staying ahead of the game. These funds are used to take preventative measures that decrease the chances of a large-scale incident."
About the City of Coppell Budget:
The City of Coppell continues to see positive economic indicators in all areas of finance, including the recently reaffirmed AAA bond rating, growth in the tax base and surging sales tax receipts primarily due to thriving distribution centers and business parks. Expenditures, revenues, and reserves have been managed efficiently and proactively for many years, resulting in appropriate fund balances and a strong financial position.
"The City of Coppell is in a great financial position," said Mayor Karen Hunt. "City staff continue to do a fantastic job managing our public monies. We are very fortunate to live, work, and play in a city that places a high value on community and quality of life while focusing on maintaining what we have built."
The City of Coppell works diligently to be fiscally responsible and transparent, and the City continuously receives accolades from outside agencies regarding its financial planning and prudent budgeting practices. The City strongly encourages residents to get involved, attend public meetings and provide feedback on the proposed budget.
For more information about the FY2018-2019 budget, contact the Finance Department at 972-304-3691 or visit coppelltx.gov/budget.