Posted: Oct 16, 2012 10:41 PM by Melissa Schroeder - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Oct 16, 2012 11:10 PM
FULTON -- The Fulton council met tonight to discuss a request from the Aransas County sheriff for more money to provide that community with law enforcement protection.
As we reported last week, Fulton has been paying the Aransas County Sheriff's Department for law enforcement services for years.
Right now the town pays $45,000 a year but county officials recently sent a letter to Fulton's mayor asking for a $20,000 a year increase.
County officials say Fulton isn't paying near enough for those services.
During tonight's meeting, council members voted to put together a committee to talk about the proposed increase and what other options may be available.
That committee will include town staff, council members and residents.
No one really said much about the law enforcement issue during tonight's council meeting but, afterwards we talked to the mayor.
He said Fulton is "small town USA" and $20,000 is definitely not chump change.
Mayor Jimmy Kendrick said, "We're going to do what is right. We're just going to be careful with the tax dollars."
The mayor didn't give us a timeline on when a decision will be made about the future of law enforcement in Fulton.
He did tell us though that committee should be formed by tomorrow morning already.
Meanwhile, Aransas County Sheriff -- Bill Mills -- was also at tonight's meeting.
Although he talked to us about this issue last week, he didn't have anything to say tonight.
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