On May 2, Fort Worth voters will cast ballots on whether to continue the city’s Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD). Early voting begins April 20 and runs through April 28.
The district provides revenue from a ½-cent sales tax dedicated to funding programs aimed at reducing and preventing crime in Fort Worth. The district was established in 1995 following high crime rates that occurred in the late 1980s. Since the district was created in 1995, the city’s population has grown by 93%. During that same period, the number of Part I crimes (murder, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, robbery, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson) per 100,000 citizens has gone down by 63%.
Voters approved continuing the district in 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2014, each time for a five-year period. The current term expires Sept. 30, 2020. The May 2 election asks whether to continue the district for a 10-year term.
“Our CCPD has played a part in making Fort Worth one of the nation’s safest large cities,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Despite our city’s growth, the per-capita incidence of major crimes has decreased 63% since CCPD was first created.”
What does the district fund?
CCPD generated $78 million in fiscal year 2019 for crime control and prevention programs in Fort Worth, including:
- Funding 290-plus positions.
- Providing funding for crime control and prevention programs and crime-victim services provided by 14 nonprofit organizations.
- Funding neighborhood police officers.
- Paying costs of administering school resource officers in six school districts.
- Paying mileage, equipment and administrative costs of Code Blue crime watch volunteers.
- Paying for coordination of the Explorer Program including participants’ travel, uniforms and supplies.
- Paying for youth programs with more than 7,000 estimated participants.
A series of town hall meetings will be scheduled this spring so residents can learn more about the district and its activities.
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