Thursday, March 26, 2015

Revised total Police Budget

UPDATE TO POLICE BUDGET

On Tuesday night the Town Council held a Budget Workshop to discuss the Library, Police and Fire proposed budgets.  According to the Town Manager, Diane Barnes, the Police department budget increased by $130,760.00.  This was due to the fact that instead of 25% of the Officer wages are paid by the town and 75% are paid by the schools; she made it 100% of their wages.  This will change the total operating cost of the Police Department.

The following is what the taxpayers are forced to pay for a police force.

1,463,637.00 – Police
     82,490.00 – Animal Control
   339,784.00 – Dispatch/Communication Center
1,885,911.00  TOTAL

However, this is not the actual cost because the following expenditures are elsewhere in the budget:

        9,559.00 – Police Liability is under 01-115 Insurance
      17,604.00 – PD Full Service Support is under 01-135 Technology, Service & Support Agreement
                   14,285.00 – Tritech PD is under 01-135 Technology, Service & Suppo Agreement
         6,078.00 – 13 PDPatrol is under 09-900 Debt Service for leased vehicle
         5,952.00 – K9 Unit is under 09-900 Debt Service for leased vehicle
         9,380.00 – 14 PDPatrol is under 09-900 Debt Service for leased vehicle
                   10,403.00 – 15 PDPatrol is under 09-900 Debt Service for leased vehicle
        18,018.00  -  County Tax for PSAP (Just found it)
      91,279.00  - TOTAL

The total operating cost of the Police Department to the taxpayers is the sum of these two figures:

1,885,911.00
      91,279.00
1,977,190.00 TOTAL OPERATING COST OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

How close is this to two million?

2,000,000.00
1,977,190.00
      22,810.00

This means that the Police Department is 24.69298% of the total Municipal Budget.  Can we really afford to pay 25% of our tax dollars for a police force in this bedroom community?

Larry Fillmore

Editors Note: The 1.977,190 million still isn't the total cost of the Police Dept..  You still haven't included the electric, heating and building maintenance on the PD building.   That cost would put the total cost of our pd well over 2 million dollars.