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City of Round Rock will allow the use of license plate-reading cameras

Other local cities have recently pressed pause on approving the cameras.

ROUND ROCK, Texas — Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that the City of Round Rock agreed to purchase 230,000 Flock cameras. However, the City approved the purchase of 30 cameras.

On Thursday, the Round Rock City Council authorized the installation of Flock Safety Cameras

As of Sept. 8, the City of Round Rock will enter an agreement to purchase 30 cameras from Flock. According to documents, the contract will last for 36 months and cost $85,500 for the first year. The following two years after will have a yearly recurring cost of $75,000.

The license plate-reading cameras have been a hot topic in Central Texas this summer. Buda's city council has already pumped the brakes on bringing the cameras to town.

The cameras can read license plates and take photos that police can access to solve crimes. But local leaders have questioned what other kinds of surveillance the cameras can be used for. 

Discussion about the cameras was also tabled at the most recent Austin City Council meeting. 

Both Buda and Austin officials said they want more information about policy for the cameras, where they would be placed and community feedback.

Meanwhile, both Williamson County and the City of Pflugerville have already approved partnerships with Flock.

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