By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Four full-time officers and two dispatchers were among the highlights of the Police Department’s proposed 2017 budget discussed by the City Council April 27.
For the department, the overall budget for 2017 will total $35 million, an increase of $2 million from 2016. Some of the biggest increases come from the salaries, benefits, rentals, training and transportation and traffic study.
Revenue will also go up with a $288,011 increase including $116,000 from an auto theft protection grant and $24,000 from the Allen Park prisoner maintenance.
The patrol officers will now work seven 12-hour shifts daily every two weeks instead of six 12-hour shifts and one 8-hour shift within the same two weeks. This change will add four new full-time patrol officers to the department.
“This is a huge boost for patrol,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “More officers and hours on patrol in the community will aid in reducing crime.”
Salary budget will add two additional dispatchers to bring dispatch staffing back to 20 full-time employees with a $100,000 cost.
Pay rate adjustment and other negotiated changes for police offers and management and patrol shift change total $876,000 for 2017.
Employee benefits including insurance, 401A retirement and post employee health care will totaling about $900,000.
For rentals, a dispatch consolidation will cost $650,000, a parking lot repaving due to a fuel storage tank project adds $250,000.
“We constantly work on improving our response time for call that come into dispatch,” Haddad said. “Currently we have a one- to three-minute response time to calls by police officers.”
Also under the rentals category in the budget is supplemental funding for underground storage tanks projects totaling $150,000 and a $55,000 centralized dispatch facility lease.
The training and transportation increase is for anticipated enhanced situational outcome trainings and increase of six new hires for academy training at $65,400.
A $39,000 membership in a Traffic Association of Michigan includes a multi-year traffic study.
Finally, the video analysis and enhancement system and equipment for criminal investigations adds $30,000 to the budget.
During the April 14 general fund meeting, the council went through decision, major and horizon items. Decision items request additional attention by the council because they may surpass the proposed budget totals.
The proposed $113 million general fund budget for 2017 will see an increase from 2016 budget of $108 million.
The 2017 city proposed tax millage is set at 26.86 mills, a .40 mills increase from 2016 with the operating millage of 18.50 mills staying the same.
Additional meetings will include fire, millage, library, neighborhood services, recreation, court, public works and historical commission.
The next meeting, at 6 p.m. May 9, will focus on the neighborhood services and library. A public hearing on the proposed budget is schedule for 7:30 p.m. June 2.
All meetings are held at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.
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