The City of Princeton will vote to establish a second School Resource Officer and amend the City’s budget amid uncertainty on the Council.

At a regularly scheduled meeting Monday night, the Princeton City Council heard the first reading of an ordinance to establish a second SRO position and an ordinance to amend the budget to accommodate the position’s salary.

Councilmember Alyson VanHooser stated that she felt uncomfortable establishing a position when they were still unsure of where funds would come from. Mayor Danny Beavers and Police Chief Chris King stated that without the creation of the position they can’t start to look for a second SRO. Their recommendation was to proceed in establishing the position then begin searching to fill it.

It was then asked if the budget amendment could be changed to include the recent awarding of $40,000 from the Caldwell County Hospital Taxing District Board. Financial Secretary Stacy Boone said the amendment can not be updated until the funds are available to the City. The Council will have to approve the current budget amendment and then create another ordinance once funds were acquired by the city.

Both ordinances, along with three others, will be up for a vote during the next regular meeting on Monday, October 1st at 5PM. The meeting is open to the public.

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