How should Geneva spend public safety dollars?
That question was central in Geneva City Council’s debate about the future of the city’s police department.
Chief Mike Passalacqua says they’re suffering from being short-staffed. It’s not unique to GPD. Many law enforcement agencies across the state are dealing with being short-staffed.
However, it’s become a political battle among city councilors.
“Why are we not adding staff?” At-Large Councilor Frank Gaglianese III, asked during a budget workshop this week. He says the city needs competitive pay and benefits. “The ripple effect is going to haunt us for years to come.”
City Manager Amie Hendrix’s proposed police budget calls for $3.4 million in spending for 2023.It restores one of two positions cut from the 2022 budget. The second position was restored by a 5-3 vote.
Councilors Regan and Camera opposed restoring positions.
Understaffing comes with costs, too. So far, overtime has cost taxpayers department $220,000. They also have a number of expected retirements coming in the next 12 months.
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