Mayor reverses stance on new police hires

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 2:50 p.m. CDT; updated 4:45 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob McDavid retracted his proposal for a property tax increase to fund an increase in police staffing in a post on his Facebook page.

McDavid wrote the post early Wednesday morning after representatives of the Columbia Police Officers' Association said during a public forum that the tax increase is unnecessary and the city could increase its police force with money already available.

"Based on comments made by the Columbia Police Officers Association, I no longer support an increase in property tax to fund an increase in police staffing," McDavid wrote.

The mayor proposed a November ballot issue on a 20-cent property tax increase that would raise about $3.5 million to fund the hiring of 35 more police officers on Aug. 5.

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