Don't buy into, "there being no cost to taxpayers associated with a K-9 officer." Even if drug money is used to purchase the K-9, associated maintenance and special requirements still exist. The amount of time the "unit" will be used by other police departments within and outside Barrow County will cost Auburn taxpayers.
The previous K-9 required a special vehicle fitted for the animal and citizens' shelled out the money for an SUV. Fitting the SUV with radios, lights, a computer, etc. isn't free.
The ink is barely dry on the approved budget for all departments within city government. Where was the request for the K-9 officer in the budget?
The Auburn City Council shouldn't even consider the request until the next budget year.