The mayor of Burlington has delivered on his promise to cut police spending. $300K to social services. $800K to reduce the budget deficit. And another $800K transferring police duties to other departments.
"Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger is proposing to cut $1.1 million from the police budget next fiscal year in response to growing calls from activists to reduce police spending in favor of bolstering social services. Only $300,000 of the savings would go to social services and other programs favored by activists. The rest — $800,000 — would go to filling a city budget deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The mayor's plan would further reduce the police budget by shifting an additional $800,000 to other parts of city government. The Department of Public Works, for instance, would take over parking enforcement duties, and the police department's data analyst would be paid for with Innovation & Technology Department funds. Weinberger's plan falls far short of meeting the activists' demands. It reduces the budgeted number of sworn officers from 105 to 93. Those positions were already vacant, so it won't reduce the number of cops currently on the job. The mayor's previous proposal would have filled four of those spots by January 2021."
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