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Foxx Wants City To Keep Paying For CMS Police Officers

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx wants the city to continue paying what it has in the past for school police officers. Right now CMS shares the cost of about 50 police officers assigned to schools with the city. But next year the city plans to bill CMS about $900,000 more for that service. It's part of a plan to gradually shift more of the cost for school resource officers to CMS over three years. Superintendent Peter Gorman says he's tried unsuccessfully to persuade City Manager Curt Walton that the city should cover the cost for at least the short term. Foxx says he'll push city council to hold off on the plan to shift the cost to CMS. "In the urgent situation our schools are in right now, absent some surprise from our state or from the federal government pulling resources out of the city that we're expecting to receive, I think we've got to figure out a way to make that work, even if it's for another year or two," says Foxx. Walton and CMPD want the school district to double the amount it pays for police officers by the year 2014. That would take the program's tab for CMS from $2.5 million to $5 million. In other news... North Carolina heard this week the federal government plans to spend $461 million to improve rail travel between Charlotte and Raleigh. Shortly after, some Republican state lawmakers filed a bill to prevent the state from taking the money. Representative Ric Killian of Charlotte co-sponsored the bill. He says the improvements would hurt the state-owned railroad and put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in operation and maintenance costs. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says the bill would take away economic development opportunities. "I think the ripple effects of turning that money away will stay with this state for twenty more years and it will set us back a long way, so I can't be stronger in my disagreement with that measure," says Foxx.