Commissioners Court To Authorize Constable Pct 5 to Receive Military "Excess" Equipment

Commissioners Court To Authorize Constable Pct 5 to Receive Military "Excess" Equipment

Time Range For Action Alert: 
June 29, 2020 to July 3, 2020

The Commissioners Court for June 30, 2020 has item #10 on the Consent Agenda: 

The item reads:

Authorize Constable Pct. 5 Office to enter into a State Plan of Operation Agreement with the State of Texas to receive certain excess Department of Defense (DOD) property under the Law Enforcement Support Office (1033/LESO) Program administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

The LWV of Hays County opposes putting items such as these on the Consent Agenda because the associated costs to Hays County taxpayers are unknown to the commissioners as well as to the public.

Highly specialized military equipment is likely to have costs including training, operational costs (fuel), maintenance (oil, replacement tires and other parts), and storage all to be assumed by county taxpayers without appropriate transparency and consideration. Since the equipment is so specialized it is likely costs are quite high.

The League has other concerns including whether such equipment is needed and the associated expenses can actually be justified. Militarization of law enforcement is an item of considerable public debate. The League asks the Commissioners Court to ensure a transparent process with full disclosure and with sufficient opportunity for Hays County taxpayers to give direction to the Commissioners Court through their elected representatives.

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