Politics & Government
9:08 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Fayetteville Considers A Tax Hike To Cut Crime

A picture of lights on a police car.
Fayetteville is weighing the possibility of raising property taxes to pay for more crime-fighting measures.
Credit Alejandro Mejía Greene/JubiloHaku / Flickr

Fayetteville's city leaders are considering a property tax hike to fight crime. 

Officials say the proposed budget would raise taxes an average of $60 per year on a $150,000 house. 

Mayor Nat Robertson said the money would be used to put more officers on the street. 

“Our chief of police has asked us for 67 new employees,” Robertson said. “That includes 50-some-odd credentialed employees and support staff for them.”

Robertson stressed the spending plan is just a proposal, so far. 

He said there will be a series of meetings, including public hearings over the next few weeks. 

The city's budget needs to be in place by July first.