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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lock Haven Borough May Have To Cut Police Or Hours

Police overtime compounds budget concerns

By ERIC PEDDIGREE - eric@lockhaven.com
Lock Haven Express

BELLEFONTE - The borough may have to trim its police force or perhaps hours as it faces increased costs for overtime amid worrisome projections on health-care insurance and pensions next year.

With a budget deadline looming, Borough Council last night heard a report from Police Chief Shawn Weaver on the his department's fiscal standing.

According to records, the police department has spent roughly $622,000 on salaries this year, while the approved budget only allowed for $510,000, a difference of about $112,000.

With one officer out for medical reasons and one vacancy due to a retirement, the department needed to cover those hours on the street, forcing overtime pay, Weaver said. More...

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