Augusta commissioners are talking downtown safety.
A $700-thousand dollar proposal from Sheriff Richard Roundtree calls for nearly 3-dozen security cameras for downtown and Riverwalk — and 6 additional patrol officers.
A majority of downtown business owners would have to approve a special tax for that district to help pay for the officers.
Some owners don't want to pay extra for around the clock security.
“This pay as you go for security I'm against that I'd rather have it at my house in Olde Town where I've been broken into four or five times if we're going to have pay for security than downtown where in the daylight time we don't have a problem,” says Mike Walraven of the Downtown Advisory Panel and a Broad Street business owner.
Also part of the program downtown property owners would be asked to donate to the community foundation to cover costs for a cleanup program.
Commissioners vote tonight on endorsing the project as a concept because the money for security cameras is not in the budget.