COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Officers' Association will host a public forum Tuesday night to outline its stance on additional staffing for the Columbia Police Department and a proposal by Mayor Bob McDavid to pay for more officers with a tax increase.
The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn Conference Center. Before discussion is opened to the public, the association will explain why it supports the police chief’s request for additional officers. It will also go into more detail about its position on the mayor's tax increase proposal.
McDavid has proposed a 20-cent increase in property taxes so 35 more officers can be hired in response to rising youth violence and gang-related problems in Columbia.
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