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Battle to fund school resource officers in parts of Lee County

Posted at 7:28 AM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 07:50:49-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The battle is heating up on how parts of Lee County will pay to add a school resource officer to each campus.

After the Parkland shooting, a state law passed requiring every Florida school have school resource officers on campus.

Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Sanibel police departments all say they will assign officers to schools in their cities.

Estero, Fort Myers Beach, and Bonita Springs don't have local police departments, so those areas say they will rely on the county to provide officers.  However, the county now wants those areas to pay half of the cost.

The county says the previous agreement for the sheriff's office to pay half and the school district to pay half was a temporary agreement.

The town council in Estero says about 40 percent of the property taxes go to the sheriff's office for public safety services.

They say only about 17 percent of that money goes to the Village of Estero. 

Town council will meet at 9:30 Wednesday morning. The public is invited to make their voices heard on the issue.