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Central Texas: How much is your local police department's budget?

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Posted at 8:24 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 21:25:00-04

As the discussion on police reform continues around the country, many communities are taking a deeper look at the budget allocated for their local police departments.

Police departments are often budgeted through the General Fund.

Resources for the General Fund are generated by property tax, sales tax, franchise fees, fines, licenses, and fees for services.

Operating expenditures provide support for most traditional tax-supported municipal services such as Public Safety, Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Administration, and Street and Drainage Services.

Waco

According to the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget, the Waco Police Department had a budget of $41,780,736 for the fiscal year 2020.

The total FY20 adopted general fund budget, which includes the police department, was $119,859,825.

For the 2020 budget, the police department had one-time requests for funding of $8,500 to purchase metal shooting targets, $5,900 for a remote targeting system, $3,800 for range lighting, $1,200 for GPS tracking lines, $3,500 for GPS trackers, $3,800 for airbag control readers, and $17,600 for document retention conversion of sensitive police files.

In comparison, the Fire Department of Waco had a FY20 budget of $26,664,064.

Economic development, which encourages economic growth in the City of Waco through strategic incentives to recruit new business and expand existing business, received $462,414 from the General Fund.

Housing and Community Development, which is responsible for the oversight of federal entitlement grants from HUD and partners with different non-profits throughout the City of Waco to provide for service programs such as childcare and after-school programs, was allocated $669,750 for FY20 from the General Fund.

To view the full budget, click here.

Temple

The Temple Police Department received $17,937,529 for the adopted Fiscal Year 2020 budget, according to the City of Temple.

The 2020 budget says the Temple Police Department has 154 sworn officers and 39 non-sworn employees.

The total expenditures for the FY20 General Fund budget, which includes public safety, was $84,620,139, according to the Temple Adopted 2020 Budget.

In comparison, the Temple Fire Department had a budget of $13,291,591 for FY20 from the General Fund.

The Streets Department, which is responsible for providing street maintenance of the city’s roadway system, had a budget of $2,938,148 for FY20.

To see the full budget report, click here.

Killeen

The Killeen Police Department budget is $33,842,115 for the adopted Fiscal Year 2020, according to the City of Killeen.

The Killeen Fire Department, also under the General Fund, has a budget of $24,005,082 for FY20.

Community Development, which includes the Killeen Library and Arts and Activities Center and is responsible for the administration of two Housing and Urban Development (HUD) formula grant programs, has a proposed budget of $2,716,168 for FY20 from the General Fund.

The total expenses for the FY20 General Fund proposed budget is $86,613,600.

To see the full budget report, click here.

College Station

According to the College Station Approved Annual Budget, the College Station Police Department budget for Fiscal Year 2020 is $24,892,431.

Total operational expenditures budgeted for the General Fund for FY2020, which includes the police department, is $88,714,166.

In comparison, the College Station Fire Department, a part of the General Fund, has a FY20 budget of $20,408,580.

The Public Works Department, which includes street maintenance, has a FY20 budget of $9,458,353.

To see the full budget report, click here.

Bryan

The Bryan Police Department has a proposed budget of $22,632,100, according to the annual budget report for Fiscal Year 2020.

Total expenditures budgeted for the FY20 General Fund, which includes public safety, is $79,626,569.

In comparison, the Bryan Fire Department, also a part of the General Fund, has a proposed budget of $18,525,400.

Economic Development Services, which is dedicated to helping create opportunities for economic development, has a FY20 proposed budget of $1,103,600.

To view the full budget report, click here.