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SAPD Budget to be Re-Evaluated

San Angelo Police Representatives and City Management met today to discuss SAPD's budget. The City Manager asked the Chief of Police to re-evaluate spending after more than $600,000 in overages last year.
San Angelo Police Representatives and City Management met today to discuss SAPD's budget. The City Manager asked the Chief of Police to re-evaluate spending after more than $600,000 in overages last year.

Members of the Meet & Confer Committee met to discuss the annual budget for the San Angelo Police Department, Friday morning.

The current contract  between the City of San Angelo and the Coalition of Police is set to expire in September.

Chief of Police, Tim Vasquez, says their budget is underfunded every year.

"When you try to go through our budget you're going to see that it's very very lean," Vasquez said.

City Management is asking the Police Department to trim their budget.

"Operations is going to continue to increase. Not only do we need more money to operate, and I haven't asked for a lot of money to operate, I've asked money to zero out my budget."

Last year, the department was more than $650,000 over budget. Vasquez says fuel costs and overtime attributed to the over-spending, but necessary to maintain the quality of life.

"There's going to be a need for more officers to continue to provide services that we provide at this time."
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