First groups present budgets for 2021 at Monday common council meeting

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Budget presentations were made at Monday’s Warsaw common council meeting.

The first presentation was from Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker, who said one of the biggest changes to his budget for 2021 is the request of two new police officers, bringing the budget up to support 42 police officers. But Whitaker says they have not been able to keep up those numbers:

Overall, the police department budget is $5.3 million, down roughly six percent from 2020’s budget of just over $5.6 million.

In other budget news, Parks Superintendent Larry Plummer presented his 2021 budget of $2.57 million, which is 5.5 percent down from 2020.

Streets Superintendent Dustin Dillon presented his 2021 budget of just over $5.5 million, a 2.5 percent increase from 2020. One of the increases come in professional services, up 34 percent, as Dillon wants to hire a consultant to look into trash routes:

Mayor Thallemer’s presentation for his office showed increases, including a 34 percent increase in personal services including the newly added position of an Information Systems Manager. Clerk-Treasurer Lynne Christiansen presented her budget, showing a decrease in her office budget by 3.4 percent.

The next round of presentations will come during the Monday, August 17th common council meeting.