Loudon, Tenn. (WVLT) - Loudon's city council announced Monday night it wil no longer pay school resource officers.
The city's been supplementing the S-R-Os with help from county reimbursements and state grants since 1998. Now the city's facing budget constraints and wants help from the county.
Originally the city requested close to $100,000 from the county to fund the two resource officers. The county said the city had missed the deadline. So this year the city dropped nearly $30,000 off of it's request, but the county's budget is tight as well.
The school board was then asked to step in, contributing the same amount. It declined.
Now the issue rests in the county commission's hands.
"If the county commission does come through with those funds, then the two school resource officers will remain in place for this calendar year and for future calendar years," said Loudon city manager Lynn Mills.
And if they don't, the city will pull the S-R-O officers. At that point the Loudon County sheriff's department can choose to step in, supplementing deputies as it has in other districts.