Scottsdale faces shortfall in police budget

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Associated Press

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 11:17 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — A $500,000 shortfall at the Scottsdale Police Department is prompting city officials to take steps to manage excess overtime and other costs.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/SdIhl3) that the lapse during the last quarter stemmed mostly from police overtime but also included wages and other extra costs.

City Council member Ron McCullagh has asked for a list of potential cuts to offset the ongoing overage, which could take months to fix.

But others say police are being unfairly targeted.

Public Safety Director Alan Rodbell says it will be difficult to resolve the imbalance by the end of the calendar year, but he's moving to address the issue.

Several council members say the city manager — not the public safety director — should address the issue.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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