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Bingen Oks Change In Police Budget

Vote was 4-1

In a recent 4-1 vote, the Bingen City Council approved paying for a share of the cost to fund White Salmon's recently-created director of public safety position.

The decision amends the city's law enforcement budget for 2008 and 2009.

In a letter to White Salmon Mayor David Poucher, Bingen Mayor Brian Prigel wrote that the city of Bingen is willing to pay its share of the director of public safety's salary.

"The City Council has agreed to pay its appropriate share of 50 percent of the director of public safety total personnel costs plus associated expenditures related to the position," Prigel wrote. "These costs would not include any expenditures related to the settlement of the lawsuit, i.e., repayment of retirement funds, back wages, etc. As soon as the city of White Salmon has a 2008 budget amendment that is ready to be acted upon, please submit it to our city administrator so we can review it to analyze the impacts if will have on Bingen's 2008 budget."

Public Safety Director Rich Cortese was hired in May.

Prigel added that the city of Bingen intends to adopt its budget for 2009 at its Dec. 2 council meeting.

only Hearn opposed

Bingen council members Terry Trantow, Betty Barnes, Laura Mann, and Sandi Dickey voted in favor of the budget amendment. Tim Hearn voted in opposition.

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