Crime prevention centre seeks funds

Red Deer city council will consider a $30,000 operating request from the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre on Monday.

Red Deer city council will consider a $30,000 operating request from the Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre on Monday.

The centre is looking for the funding to offset the operational cost of the centre for March 1 to Aug. 1. The suggested funding source is the Safety Charter.

The centre has been up and running since March 2012 as a collaborative initiative with Red Deer Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Stoppers and Citizens on Patrol.

There are a number of areas that the centre would like to expand, including response to community inquiries, Crime Prevention Week events, abatement program and community presentations.

A bylaw that will set the Business Revitalization Zone tax rate at 0.99518 per cent for 2014 will also be considered by city council.

The tax rate fluctuates from year to year due to a change in either the BRZ tax revenue requirements and the amount of total business assessment. The levy would bring in $331,433, up from $309,750 in 2013.

The council-approved Downtown Business Association budget is to be collected through the 2014 BRZ levy.

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