At the request of the mayor and police chief, the board of aldermen Monday night voted to transfer $20,000 in unused health department funds to replenish certain police department budget accounts that are near depletion with still two weeks to go in the current fiscal year.
The health department had an excess in its salary account.
Police Chief Steve Mazzie told the aldermen that the transferred monies will alleviate a deficit in his department’s clothing allowance line item account ($1,289) and will cover increased costs in data handling ($5,750) and telecommunications ($7,672).
The transfer will also help pay projected “over-runs” in office supplies ($2,500); professional development ($500); equipment ($700); and academy training and travel for four new officers ($1,589).
Chief Mazzie assured the aldermen that the shortages experienced this fiscal year in his budget “won’t be a long-term issue”.
The $20,000 transfer was unanimously approved by the board.