Evans City Council has approved the 2024 budget, indicating a significant reduction in funds allocated for police services amidst the ongoing dissolution of the Evan City-Seven Fields Regional Police Department.
The budget, balanced at $860,641 in revenues and expenses, outlines the borough’s primary expenditures for the forthcoming year. The 2023 budget allocated $325,000 for contracted police services, with actual expenses registering at $65,708 less as of December. In contrast, the 2024 budget designates a flat $200,000 for the department.
As the dissolution progresses, Council President Cheri Deener-Kohan revealed the borough’s strategic move to keep some funds for the police department: “We don’t know what the end result is going to be. So we have to have some money set aside.”
Deener-Kohan also highlighted that stormwater improvements will remain a major capital improvement project for the borough, supported by the $528,320 Municipal Program Infrastructure grants awarded through the county in January.
As the police department’s dissolution continues, the borough is relying on state police services, pending arbitration outcomes.
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