From staff reports
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
The Jasper County board that allocates grants from a share of law enforcement sales tax proceeds should have a little bit more to hand out next year — and one more agency in the competition.
The police department at Missouri Southern State University will be allowed to submit an allocation for grant funds next year, along with other law enforcement agencies in the county, board members agreed Tuesday.
Ken Kennedy, chief of the university department, said his operation includes seven police officers commissioned by the state. State funds cover the department’s operating budget, he said, but grant funds could help with equipment needs.
Board members were told there should be about $170,000 in grant funds to allocate in 2013, compared to grants of $164,000 that were approved for this year. Forms that agencies will use to seek grant funds will be distributed by Jan. 1 and must be returned by Feb. 1. The board will meet Feb. 19 to make the grant awards, members agreed.