The City of Princeton is $40,000 closer to the hiring of a second School Resource Officer for the 2018-2019 school year.

This comes following a decision by the Caldwell County Hospital Taxing District Board to award the City of Princeton $40,000 for the current school year and $40,000 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Caldwell County Judge Executive Ellen Dunning, who sits on the Board, came before the Council during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday night to present the decision. Ellen stated that the Hospital District Taxing Board was originally created as a governmental entity to pay off the bond issue of Caldwell Medical Center. Once enough funds were collected to retire the debt, the Board could assess a tax rate of zero percent and allocate any left over funds to other community needs. The debt was paid off in January 2018. On Friday it was decided the Board would award $80,000 of it’s remaining funds, over the course of two years, to the City to be used to support the hiring of a second SRO.

Judge Dunning stated that the Board’s excess funds will be deposited into the Fiscal Court’s general fund to then be distributed to the City. Funds will be available only after a 30 day public viewing of the document in Judge Dunning’s office at the courthouse, which can be viewed beginning on Wednesday.