City officials have unveiled a proposed $10.2-million annual budget that includes hiring a sheriff's deputy to help launch a community policing program.
The proposed spending plan was reviewed by the City Council on Tuesday night. A public hearing is scheduled June 20.
City Manager George Scarborough is recommending that the city hire the additional deputy to assist a special enforcement team formed in 1993 to increase patrols at two large condominium complexes that in the past had gang activity.
Hiring the deputy would mean that a pair of deputies could be in the two neighborhoods--Capistrano Villas and Casa de Capistrano--every day for up to 12 hours each day.
The council will have to trim other expenditures in the budget to come up with the estimated $111,500 to hire the deputy and start a community policing program.
Scarborough has proposed that the city not renew a $70,000 contract for the Community Counseling Center, which has provided counseling and education and serves mostly the residents of the two complexes.
Other possible city savings include trimming budgets for conferences, clerical services and cellular telephone expenses.