Port Royal budget discussions continue with police department

emoody@beaufortgazette.comMay 8, 2013 

The town of Port Royal will discuss the budget for the police department at 6 p.m. Wednesday as part of ongoing preparation for the fiscal year 2014 budget.

Last week, officials and staff discussed courts, legislative and administrative costs.

The budget work session is at Town Hall, 700 Paris Ave., and precedes the regular voting meeting by Town Council.

A 2-percent cost-of-living increase for all employees is included in a draft budget, to offset an anticipated 1.7-percent cost-of-living adjustment from the Social Security Administration.

During the town annual retreat in March, Police Chief Alan Beach said he would like to hire an additional officer every year for four years to keep up with population growth and keep overtime costs down.

Scheduling changes to save money were also discussed, along with purchases such as Tasers and vehicles.

The regular meeting will begin after the budget work session and will include a final vote on a chain-free animal ordinance and first votes on ordinances allowing the levying of taxes and amending membership requirements for the Redevelopment Commission.

Proclamations will be made for Peace Officers' Memorial Day and Foster Care Month.

Town Council also plans to name the boardwalk after former mayor and councilman Henry Robinson.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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