Voters in Dalworthington Gardens are being asked to decide if they want to renew the city’s crime control and prevention district tax.The proposition on the May 11 ballot calls for renewing the half-cent sales tax to fund the crime district for the next five years. The crime district was formed about 17 years ago.Police Chief Bill Waybourn said the tax brings in about $120,000 a year to help pay the salaries for two police officers and to buy equipment.“I hope our citizens will pass this so that we can push forward and continue with the success we’ve had,” Waybourn said.Dalworthington Gardens has 13 full-time officers, and the crime district has helped keep more officers patrolling the streets and strengthen community policing, Waybourn said.Waybourn said people who shop or do business in Dalworthington Gardens help support the police department when they pay the half-cent sales tax.“We don’t want to shift the burden to those who pay property taxes,” he said.Fort Worth and many of the Northeast Tarrant County cities have similar crime control districts.Fort Worth’s is the largest. It was created in 1995, and voters renewed it in 2000, 2005 and 2009. Fifty cents of every $8.25 collected in sales tax goes to the crime prevention district. The tax raises $50 million annually.
Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696 Twitter: @fwstliz