BREAKING: Burien City Council pulls back from ‘Kids & Cops’ plan
Without a vote, Burien City Council members unanimously agreed Monday night (June 18) to indefinitely postpone moving forward with the proposed ‘Kids and Cops Initiative’ at this time.
The initiative would have added city police officers for two to three years, and then would have funded special targeted programs in elementary schools within Burien.
Council members did express general support for increasing the number of cops on the streets, and emphasized the long-term importance of education for local economic development.
But this plan would require funding from an existing or new revenue source – something council members were reluctant to pursue at this time.
In addition, negative reaction to the plan has come from the Highline School District over concerns that if Burien raises additional funds for schools just within its city limits, this could adversely impact public votes on district operating levies and bond issues.
Council members also preferred to wait to consider this issue until after the November vote on North Highline annexation to give residents there, should they decide to become part of Burien, a voice on the Kids and Cops initiative.
A full report will be posted on the blog soon.