Widgetized Section

Go to Admin » Appearance » Widgets » and move Gabfire Widget: Social into that MastheadOverlay zone

Officials promise to fight for funding

Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell says he and Town Manager John Hawley will “scream our lungs out” to state lawmakers again this year in hopes of getting state funding restored to the town, but he isn’t optimistic it will help.
The mayor said he and Hawley tried to get money restored to a program that helps fund police departments during a visit to Richmond last year. However, he said their efforts had little effect back then, so he doubts there will be any change this time either.
If budget cuts proposed by Gov. Tim Kaine stand when Bob McDowell takes office later this month, Pulaski stands to lose an additional $20,856 in state money for its police force.
Hawley told councilmen at Tuesday night’s regular meeting that the town will “have to find a way to make (the police department budget) work” since the state has decided to cut additional “599” funds that had already been allocated in the town’s 2009-10 fiscal year budget.
The state program that helps fund police departments is commonly referred to as “599” because of the number assigned to the bill that created it in 1979.
In Pulaski, those funds account for a quarter million dollars of the police department budget and covers the salaries of more than five officers.
Prior to these most recent cuts, Hawley said the “599” program already had been cut by $25 million, or 12 percent, over the past two years. These most recent cuts puts the town back to 2003 levels of funding.
“If they keep taking away our ‘599’ funding, I don’t know what the town will do,” he said.
In order to try to deal with these latest mid-stream cuts, Hawley said only one patrol position will be added to fill in for two officers recently deployed to Iraq. Both positions will be held for those officers when they return from duty.
However, duties performed by Capt. Meredith will be divided among other ranking officers.

Comments

comments

Officials promise to fight for funding

Pulaski Mayor Jeff Worrell says he and Town Manager John Hawley will “scream our lungs out” to state lawmakers again this year in hopes of getting state funding restored to the town, but he isn’t optimistic it will help.
The mayor said he and Hawley tried to get money restored to a program that helps fund police departments during a visit to Richmond last year. However, he said their efforts had little effect back then, so he doubts there will be any change this time either.
If budget cuts proposed by Gov. Tim Kaine stand when Bob McDowell takes office later this month, Pulaski stands to lose an additional $20,856 in state money for its police force.
Hawley told councilmen at Tuesday night’s regular meeting that the town will “have to find a way to make (the police department budget) work” since the state has decided to cut additional “599” funds that had already been allocated in the town’s 2009-10 fiscal year budget.
The state program that helps fund police departments is commonly referred to as “599” because of the number assigned to the bill that created it in 1979.
In Pulaski, those funds account for a quarter million dollars of the police department budget and covers the salaries of more than five officers.
Prior to these most recent cuts, Hawley said the “599” program already had been cut by $25 million, or 12 percent, over the past two years. These most recent cuts puts the town back to 2003 levels of funding.
“If they keep taking away our ‘599’ funding, I don’t know what the town will do,” he said.
In order to try to deal with these latest mid-stream cuts, Hawley said only one patrol position will be added to fill in for two officers recently deployed to Iraq. Both positions will be held for those officers when they return from duty.
However, duties performed by Capt. Meredith will be divided among other ranking officers.

Comments

comments

You must be logged in to post a comment Login