Budget talks raise concerns about how EFD will raise funds

Erie budget sessions starting this morning, council sitting down with the two department heads that take up the majority of the city's budget, Erie Police and Fire Departments.

Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone fielded questions on the bureau's $23 million budget.  The two sides discussed ways to bring in more revenue, which may include adding fines to false alarms...  Santone also stressed to council the need for new fire trucks.  "We are getting to the point now where they are getting older and they are going to start needing replaced, came up with a couple ideas on how to purchase them without costing the city too much money and I think it went well".

Erie Police Chief Don Dacus met with council reviewing details outlined in his department's budget.  Their 2018 budget is up by $2 million and there is a significant savings from 2017 in unused overtime pay.  

Council raised questions around the cash budgeted for vehicles and obtaining grants to create more community programming.  The police and fire budgets together account for roughly 67% of the budget proposal. 
    


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