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Orlando to spend $3M on security

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

The City of Orlando found extra money in its risk management budget, so they have decided to use the $3 million to upgrade security at several city-owned facilities.

Mayor Buddy Dyer did not hesitate when I asked him why the city should not use the money for more pressing needs in its general budget.

"Risk funds are supposed to be used for specific things related to risk management, so making places safer, reducing risk is an appropriate use of risk management funds."

We asked the city CFO Rebecca Sutton if there were some specific problem with theft or vandalism, and she admitted this was not a must have for the city.

"This is not an effort to address any specific problem, but rather more of a general appropriate measure to eliminate the chances, kind of a preventative measure city wide."

In fact, it is not completely clear what the city will spend the money on.  In the agenda item, it does list things like fences and security cameras, and mentions neighborhood and recreation centers, but says little else.  Sutton tells us that is by design.

"To do so would actually make the investments that we're making in those security measures less effective because they would become public in knowledge."

Those cameras will also go into some of the city senior centers according to Mayor Buddy Dyer.

"We're going to assess the needs at the individual senior centers, and then we'll make the appropriate repairs."

The city also refused to tell us specifically where new fencing would go.

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