Columbus Council voted unanimously Tuesday to spend almost $150,000 to renew four crime prevention grants requested by Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown.
The grants were for the Boxwood Recreation Project, $40,599; Copper Theft Task Force, $10,042; Juvenile Drug Court, $66,430; and the Junior Marshal Program, $29,038.
Brown told councilors that money spent on crime prevention is more of an investment than an expense.
“Statistics show that for every dollar we’re spending (on crime prevention), we’re saving taxpayers about two-and-a-half dollars,” he said.
The Boxwood Recreation Project provides programming at the recently reopened Boxwood Recreation Center for youth during the summer and after school during the school year.
The Copper Theft grant will pay for equipment for officers on the task force and for educational materials to help people reduce the chance of being a victim.
The Juvenile Drug Court grant will be used for in-home counseling, GPS monitoring and psychological evaluations.
The Junior Marshal program mentors juveniles aged 11-14 in middle schools to reduce drug usage, pregnancy and gang activity.
All of the funds will come from the Other Local Option Sales Tax’s crime prevention program.