Snider said the council will be getting a 2012 budget update that will show, among other things, whether the city is meeting its revenue projections.
“I thought that we would want to see what the picture is … before we decide to spend any more money on special projects,” he said.
The council is scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday.
The 10 cameras proposed for downtown would cost more than $160,000 to install and set up and $25,000 annually to maintain.
Councilman Tim Leigh said there are conversations about the Downtown Business Improvement District possibly picking up the annual maintenance cost.
“It’s a robust conversation,” he said.
Leigh, who supports the surveillance cameras, said he believes downtown is safe but that others may perceive it to be unsafe.
“This is a step in the right direction,” Leigh said. “Is it perfect? No. But it’s a step in the right direction.”
In addition to installing surveillance cameras, the city wants to pitch in $23,275 to help buy a sidewalk sweeper and increase police overtime by $25,000 in 2012.