Crime Control and Prevention District
|Ballot proposition||Whether the Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District should be continued for ten (10) years and the crime control and prevention district sales tax should be continued for ten (10) years.
|Proposición||Si el Distrito de Control y Prevención del Delito de Fort Worth debe continuar durante diez (10) años y el impuesto a las ventas del distrito de control y prevención del delito debe continuar durante diez (10) años.|
|If I vote FOR||The city will continue to collect a sales tax of 0.5% to fund Fort Worth’s Crime Control and Prevention District (CCPD) until 2030.|
|If I vote AGAINST||The city will lose funding for the CPPD.
|Tax consequences||If the proposition is passed, the sales tax in the city of Fort Worth will remain the same.
If the proposition fails, the sales tax in the city of Fort Worth will be reduced by 0.5%
|What is a sales and use tax?||This is the formal name for a sales tax. Individuals pay sales taxes on most goods and services in Texas.
|What is the current sales tax rate?||The base rate for the Texas sales tax is 6.25%. However, local government agencies (cities, counties, special purpose districts and transit authorities) can hold elections to increase the sales tax in their area. By law, the maximum sales tax rate (including state and local sales taxes) is 8.25%.
The current sales tax in the city of Fort Worth is 8.25%, of which 0.5% goes to fund the CCPD.
|What is a Crime Control and Prevention District?||A CCPD is a special purpose district, which is used to support police programs and services geared toward preventing crime. The CCPD is governed by a board of directors, who are appointed by the city council. The board of directors is required to establish an annual budget, which must be approved by the city council, and the CCPD is required to submit to an independent audit on an annual basis. The CCPD is not a permanent body; voters must re-authorize its continuation.
The Fort Worth CCPD was created in 1995, and has been renewed by voters every five years since. This election would extend the CCPD for ten years, until 2030.
|What does Fort Worth's CCPD fund?||According to the City of Fort Worth’s current projections, the CCPD portion of the sales tax is expected to generate more than $81 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020. In addition to sales tax, some revenue is received from other government entities that participate in specific CCPD programs, increasing the total revenue generated.
The FY2020 budget for CCPD includes funding for:
- More than 290 City positions
- School resource (security officer) programs in six school districts
- Crime prevention/intervention/response programs with 14 non-profit agencies
- Mileage, equipment, and administrative costs of more than 500 Citizens on Patrol patrollers
- Youth programs, estimated to serve 7,000 participants
|Resources||City of Fort Worth Police Department, “CCPD” (links to several resources in English and Spanish)
City of Fort Worth Police Department, “CCPD Budget Documents & Quarterly Reports” (Documents for fiscal years 2018-20)
Recent News Articles
- “Fort Worth Mayor, council members campaign for special police tax as opposition mounts,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Jun 26, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article244108212.html (paywall – article limit)
- “Fort Worth voters to decide on funding for Crime Control and Prevention District,” Community Impact Newspaper (Jun 30, 2020) https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/keller-roanoke-northeast-fort-worth/government/2020/06/30/fort-worth-voters-to-decide-on-funding-for-crime-control-and-prevention-district/
- “Fort Worth wants 10 more years of anti-crime sales tax. Here’s our recommendation” [editorial], Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Jun 26, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article243808687.html (paywall – article limit)
- “Fort Worth must address race as it tackles demands on police reform, councilwoman says,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Jun 23, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article243733152.html (paywall – article limit)
- “City of Fort Worth addresses Black Lives Matter police reform demands,” The Texan (Jun 23, 2020) https://thetexan.news/city-of-fort-worth-addresses-black-lives-matter-police-reform-demands/ (paywall – article limit)
- Fort Worth voters to decide fate of controversial sales tax,” Texas Scorecard (Jun 23, 2020) https://texasscorecard.com/metroplex/fort-worth-voters-to-decide-fate-of-controversial-sales-tax/
- “Would Fort Worth residents rather spend more of their taxes on police or transit?” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Jun 17, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article243559757.html (paywall – article limit)
- “Crime prevention or ‘slush fund’? Why Fort Worth’s police tax may be in jeopardy,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Jun 12, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/fort-worth/article243461856.html (paywall – article limit)
- “Graffiti funds sought by cops cause uproar,” Fort Worth Weekly (Jun 10, 2020) https://www.fwweekly.com/2020/06/10/graffiti-funds-sought-by-cops-cause-uproar/
- “Fort Worth hopes to delay May 2 election until summer, asks Gov. Abbott for permission,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Mar 26, 2020) https://www.star-telegram.com/news/coronavirus/article241514136.html (paywall – article limit)