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Chief cuts proposed police budget hike to 3.9 per cent

Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire is shaving another $1.15 million from his proposed 2013 budget to bring the overall increase down to 3.9 per cent.

A $140.9-million budget to be presented to the police services board on Monday offers a mix of cuts and revenue increases to achieve the reduction in spending.

These include delaying the hiring of 20 new cops – 10 will be hired in May and 10 in September – and cutting budgets for court overtime, sick leave, building maintenance and new equipment, supplies and services.

But the chief is also proposing  to take an additional $250,000 from reserve funds on top of the $500,000 already included in previous budget requests.

He also estimates a new fee schedule approved last month for employment and volunteer police checks will increase revenues by $130,000.

The new budget is the second one De Caire has drafted since police board members rejected his initial request for a $7.12-million spending increase, a hike of 5.25 per cent.

rleitner@hamiltonnews.com

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