Revenue for fire and police departments cut in Greenville budget proposal

Greenville council members met on Monday to talk about spending tax dollars for next fiscal year and it includes cutting funds to the departments responsible for the safety of residents.

They grilled City Manager Barbara Lipscomb on several parts of the city’s budget which includes a one cent property tax cut. It would save a homeowner an average of $15.

Department budgets were also cut by more than $764,000 dollars.

Mayor Allen Thomas called the police and fire chief up to talk to the council. The police department is set to get $23 million and Greenville Fire/Rescue around $13 million.

“We’ve talked about different deployment plans, and they’re referred to as dynamic meaning that we would put a truck at peak times in those areas to try to reduce those response times,” said Chief Eric Griffin of Greenville Fire/Rescue.

“As a police officer and not an administrator, I’ll tell you every day we need more police officers because I want to provide better services,” said Interim Police Chief Ted Sauls. “Are we adequately staffed right now and able to function with what’s been asked to do of us? I think we are.”

The city also plans to spend more than a million dollars to improve roads and town common.

The city’s potential bond referendum and pay scale for employees were not talked about tonight due to the absence of members Kandi Smith and Calvin Mercer.

People will be able to comment on the city budget June 8th. The city’s expected to approve the budget on June 11th.

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