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Brownville police budget to be discussed

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 3, January 15, 2003

BROWNVILLE Selectmen will review the proposed police department budget for fiscal 2003-04 at a special meeting Jan. 16.

The preliminary police budget for the coming year does not include a salary for a full-time police chief. It does include funds to pay for a part-time chief shared with Milo, a full-time patrol officer, and additional funds to pay reserve officers to supplement coverage. This option would cost $74,230 a $270 decrease from the 2002 budget.

At a meeting two weeks ago, Selectman Gary Cook expressed concerns about the proposed budget, which lacks funds for a police chief. He said the proposal runs against what townspeople voted last fall at a special town meeting.

Noting that. Town Manager Sophie Wilson provided a second option that would include the cost for a full-time chief, a full-time patrol officer, as well as additional funds to pay reserve officers to offset a problem in scheduling that conflicts with the Federal Labor Standards Act. The estimated cost of this option is
$110,370.


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