Greensboro Council OKs Plan to Enable Officers to Convey Patrol Automobiles House | Native information

Councilor Goldie Wells agreed, saying it was important to buy the cruisers for recruiting.

“We have to make this decision,” she said before the vote. “We can talk about it all night.”

James repeatedly stressed that in an era when fewer people are pursuing careers in law enforcement, having cars to go is critical to officer recruitment.

Council members seldom mentioned cost during the discussion that was beginning to dominate the three-hour meeting.

Marlene Druga, a city finance officer, said adding more police vehicles would put a strain on the existing garage space. She added that the city would likely have to spend between $ 16 million and $ 32 million on a new garage.

The city has the option to sell approved bonds to raise the money.

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Councilor Justin Outling asked if there was an option to expand the garage without “taking on additional debt.”

“That information would be helpful,” he said.

Also on Wednesday, the council unanimously voted for a referendum on bonds to the public to decide whether to spend up to $ 135 million on a variety of urban projects.

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