Polcie officers union says "pay before play" speaking out against the proposed sports complex.fox 33's christian henson joins us live from studio control with more.christian?(( henson)) marquel, yesterday the city council introduced legislation to debate building the multi-use sports complex for the new orleans pelican's "g" pelican's "g" team... and emotions are running high around this potential money maker.(michael e.
Carter: president, spoa) "it's time for city hall to get their priorities straight and move forward with helping us keep this city safe."(henson)the shreveport police officers union says officers need raises more than the city needs the pelican's "g" league team.(carter) "we have tried to work with the city administration when they say theres no funding there but then we see the priorities are all wrong when they go and ask for millions, hundreds of millions of dollars to build arenas when we have venues."
(henson)venues, city council member stephanie lynch, says were also promised to boost shreveport's economy.(stefanie lynch: shreveport city council) "the convention center, the red river district, independence stadium, fairgrounds field, we've done that.
That has not been a successful model for the city of shreveport."
(henson)100 million dollars will come from private investors, 30 million from the riverfront development special revenue fund, which city councilman willie bradford says ?is part of the city's budget.(willie bradford: shreveport city council) "we got to make up a ten million dollar shortfall in our operational budget because they say they're going to take it away and dedicate it to this."(henson)the riverfront can not be used for anything ?but development so that money could not go to police officers salaries but a statement from chief administrative officer brian crawford said:(brian crawford: shreveport cao) "mayor tyler appreciates their unselfish and heroic service to the citizens and is working toward that goal in a comprehensive strategy to providing a needed increase for all city employees in the upcoming budget."(( henson))brian crawford's satement also said that police officers get a two percent raise each year.now 2 percent is more of a cost of living increase than a raise.
There are three weeks left until the vote so a lot could happen between now and then.
Marquel?((sennet))an update now...the