Thursday, December 07, 2006

Police budget in brief

It's the most expensive town department in Stowe. This year, the Stowe Police Department is proposing a $1.41 million budget for the fiscal 2008 year, up 5.5 percent over the current one. Like every other town department, police requests are being reviewed by the Stowe Select Board in preparation for Town Meeting.

Police, being the most expensive department, are sure to be scrutinized further in the coming months. A few highlights of the department's proposed budget:

Expenses

• The salary of Ken Kaplan, Stowe's police chief, goes from $71,704 to $76,366, up by 6.5 percent.
• Wages for the department's police officers goes from $542,276 to $568,568, up by 4.8 percent.
• Overtime pay for police goes from $82,912 to $93,737, up by 13 percent.
• Worker's compensation insurance goes from $26,222 to $42,004, up by 60 percent.
• Health insurance goes from $147,113 to $161,346, up by 9.6 percent.

Income

• Payment to supervise special events goes from $130,000 to $135,398, up 4.1 percent.
• Court fines goes from $30,000 to $34,946, up 16 percent.

Budget trends

• Since the budget for fiscal 2005 to the current one that's proposed, police spending has gone up 24.6 percent.
• Since the budget for fiscal 2005 to the current one that's proposed, police income has gone up 28.8 percent.

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