By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
MOUNTAIN VIEW – Of major interest, at the workshop for Mountain View prior to the regular council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Scott Dellinger said Mountain View’s and Lyman’s police chiefs had discussed the benefits of a combined municipal police department.
Dellinger said benefits to Mountain View would include coverage 24/7, which the town has never had, and the joint department “budgetarily would help both sides.”
According to information at the Tuesday meeting, Lyman’s biggest share of the budget is for salaries. Mountain View officials said, due to their small force, the budget for salary is not their biggest cost.
The idea, now in the “what if” stage, would need to be drawn up by the two towns. Talking points would include the number of officers, salary, how the plan would affect the budget of both towns, establishing one manager subject to approval by both mayors and other issues. Separate courts would be maintained due to the difference in the towns’ ordinances.
In regular session, the council passed the third and final reading of the 2014 fiscal year budget for $1.8 million at their meeting Tuesday night.
According to Bonnie Halford, town clerk, the budget figures were basically the same as on the first reading in May.
At that time Halford said, the new budget is down slightly from the current budget. She credited the decrease to not having a county consensus project and a park project projected for the next fiscal year. In addition, the town’s budget has decreased greatly over the last couple of years as the sewer lagoon project has been completed.
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