FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Residents of Davie have voted against raising property taxes to pay for more school resource officers.
The non-binding item was on a mail-in ballot election which ended Tuesday.
Since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the town has paid thousands of dollars in overtime to put more police officers in schools.
If a majority of voters had approved the measure, the town’s council said they would consider putting a resource officer at every elementary, middle and high school. Since it failed, however, the town is looking at a number of options including looking at assigning one officer to several schools and parking police cars in front of schools to deter crime, according to the Sun-Sentinel. They may also ask the school district for additional funding to pay for more resource officers.
As for the other dozen items on the ballot, residents gave them a thumbs up.
Among the changes approved were extending a council member’s term to four years and eliminating staggered elections so the entire council will be elected in November.
Under the current charter, all town officials are elected in March. By moving the election to November the town will save as much as $80,000 during an election year. All council members would be elected at the same time starting with the November 2018 election.
The Sun-Sentinel contributed to this report.