Update (12:30 p.m. Thursday) – Third Ward Councilman Bill Miller called KMZU Thursday to clarify a statement made by Mayor Jerry Brown.  Miller said he does not agree with a statement made by Police Chief Don Rector during Tuesday’s special meeting.  Rector told council members that the police department would have to consider cutting personnel because the city’s new budget would put a strain on his spending plan.  Miller said the city’s budget, which was approved Tuesday, did not reduce the police department’s budget.  Instead Miller said the “four-percent” cuts, as discussed by Mayor Jerry Brown on Thursday morning, were taken out of the “proposed” increases made by the department heads.  Click to hear Miller:

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According to Miller, the police department’s budget this year actually increased by about four-percent when compared to last year’s spending plan.  Click to hear Miller:

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The spending issue was brought about as council looked for ways to trim current funds in order to afford a new City Administrator.  Miller added that, with ten days to go in this fiscal year’s budget, the city is running a surplus of about $170,000.

 

Original story – Council approved the 2013/2014 budget at a special meeting Tuesday night.  In order to afford a City Administrator, they had to make a four percent across-the-board cut from the other departments.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Mayor Jerry Brown:

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Police Chief Don Rector brought the results of his cuts to Council’s attention.  He will have to lay off his part time employees.  This means that police response times could be delayed.  Council agreed to look into the matter, and consider it again in the future.

About $70,000 have been set aside to pay for the City Administrator – a new position in Lexington.  After the budget was accepted, Council voted to restart the search for the new employee, which has been on hold for the past two weeks.