FDPD to have status quo budget at $3.2M

The proposed 2019-2020 budget for the Fort Dodge Police Department maintains staffing and services at the current levels.

The budget, reviewed Monday by the City Council, includes money for pay increases and it anticipates buying two new patrol vehicles.

The proposed police budget is $3,235,392.

That’s up from the current $3,122,211.

The biggest single piece of the budget, about $2.9 million, is for wages and salaries. The Police Department has 40 officers, an evidence technician, a secretary and an administrative technician.

The elected officials also reviewed the proposed budgets for the downtown parking system and emergency management.

The parking system spending plan totals $239,300. That’s up from $208,416.

Councilman Terry Moehnke called for more aggressive efforts to collect unpaid parking fines. He quoted a figure of $27,000 worth of unpaid fines, and said the real total is probably three times higher than that.

The proposed emergency management budget, which includes the city’s contribution for operating the Webster County 911 dispatch center, is $479,283. That’s up from the current $374,562.

The city’s next fiscal year begins July 1, but the budget has to be submitted to the state in mid-March. That’s why the council has been having budget meetings since last month, and will have such meeting on every Monday of this month.