CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - As Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones prepares to present his second ever budget proposal, he is facing increased pressure from CMPD officers.
"If you fail to support your officers and your city then you are going to see a lot of badges turned in at property control as we leave for better options," said Officer Eric Stout at a city council meeting two weeks ago.
That meeting was the final one before the budget proposal presentation. Officers packed council chambers demanding better pay and benefits.
Right now, CMPD recruits are paid just over $43,000. Officers say they're forced to live outside city limits.
"Charlotte expects CMPD officers to be the fabric of our community, but you do not pay them enough to afford them the opportunity to raise a family here," said another officer.
For a better quality of life, the Fraternal Order of Police suggested in February an across the board 15% pay increase for CMPD officers.
Those who call Charlotte home and interact with police on a daily basis fear what could happen if the new budget doesn't include a raise.
"What I am terrified of is that other cities are going to take them. As a citizen I wanna stay safe," said one woman during a the last city council meeting.
The budget proposal will be presented by the city manager on Monday at 5 p.m. It will be voted on by city council at a later date.