The Aransas Pass Crime Control and Prevention District was established in 2009 following a vote by the citizens that live in the San Patricio County and Nueces County portions of Aransas Pass, Texas. The purpose of this vote was to increase the sale tax revenue to one-half of one percent making the Sales Tax 8.25. The general provision of the Crime Board is controlled by the Local Government Code Chapter 363 Crime Control and Prevention Districts.
The District was established for the purpose of developing and financing all permissible projects prescribed by the Local Government Code. The Crime Control Board is a separate entity from the City of Aransas Pass where they have a Board of seven member’s appointed by the City Council, a budget for each fiscal year, and an audit each year.
The Crime Board may finance all the costs of a crime control and crime prevention program, including the costs for personnel, administration, expansion enhancement and capital expenditures. The programs may include community related crime prevention strategies, including, block watch programs, school-police programs, home alert programs, juvenile awareness programs, additional parole officers, law enforcement training and many other programs. (Section 363.151)
The fiscal year for the crime board October 1 through September 30th. The crime board receives roughly $700,000.00 a year from taxes.
Following Police Department Projects, Funded by the Crime Board:
- APISD school resource officer,
- Two additional Patrolmen,
- Warrants Officer for the Court,
- Animal Control Officer,
- Eight Police Vehicles,
- Bullet Resistant Vests for Police,
- 4 Patrol Vehicle Camera Systems,
- 16 Police Radios,
- Body Worn Camera Systems for Officers
- Simunition Training Equipment
- Technology Upgrades, Entire PD
- 911 and Police Dispatch Enhancements
- Police GIS Mapping Improvements
- Mobile Data Terminals for Police Vehicles
- Dilapidated, Crime -Haven Structure Removal
More projects are coming as well…
Applications for program funding must be presented or recommended by an officer of the political subdivision that created the district or a department head of that political subdivision
The Crime Board meets the second Thursday of each month at City Hall in Aransas Pass, Texas and everyone is welcome to attend. Meetings begin at 6pm.
Crime Board Application