Councilor Cote and our blog sites have been telling the people about the Police Department sucking up the majority of our tax dollars. Chief Brooks has made every effort to conceal the exorbitant cost of operating the Police Department. The 2012-2013 Annual Report shows how much the Police Department is spending on SALARIES ALONE. The figures on the left below will show what the Town Council approved for the entire Police budget and the figures on the right will show you just how much was spent on salaries alone. Keep in mind, when you are reviewing these figures that the numbers on the right are JUST SALARIES and cover no other operating cost while the number on the left was approved to cover everything.
Approved by 2012-2013
Division Town Council Annual Report Salaries
Police $943,132.00 $951,989.75
Animal Control 75,030.00 36,842.90
Comm Center 227,066.00 204,584.32
TOTAL: $1,245,228.00 $1,193,416.97
This brings up something that Councilor Cote and we have been telling the taxpayers and that is Chief Brooks, Jessica Maloy and Stephen Eldridge had been shifting tax dollars into the Police Department for years and this is the proof. Take a look on Page 36 of the 2012-2013 Annual Report and review the salaries of just our Police Officers. Four officers make more than $70,000.00 each. One Sergeant ($75,130.58) makes more than Chief Brooks ($72,159.70). Six officers make more than our Lieutenant ($62,546.63) does.
These figures are just salaries and do not cover any other operating cost. Is there any doubt, what caused our “unfavorable expenditure budget variance”? The taxpayers had to use Undesignated Funds in order to cover these salary increases that were never approved by the Town Council.
The current Police Department under Chief Brooks is the taxpayer’s biggest nightmare. Instead of our tax dollars being used to improve the community, these funds are being diverted to the Police Department to fatten their pockets. This will not stop until the Interim Town Manager and the Town Council gets rid of the cause of this corrupt spending. Chief Brooks has served this community long enough and the town can no longer afford to pay the high price for his service. These “Good Old Boys” need to go because we can no longer afford them.