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Bruchey, Glendening discuss police overtime funds

January 21, 1998

Bruchey, Glendening discuss police overtime funds

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Tuesday that he has discussed with Gov. Parris Glendening the city's need for more funding to pay police overtime costs.

Bruchey said that during the Friday discussion, Glendening said he understands the city's plight and suggested the mayor write to Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for help.

State Sen. Donald F. Munson, R, Washington, said Wednesday he will meet with Townsend to discuss the overtime funding.

While getting the funding is a long shot, Munson said Glendening made a strong commitment to holding crime down during his State of the State address on Wednesday.

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Munson said he could make a case for the additional $400,000 because crime has increased in Washington County, while it has dropped in the rest of the state.

Last Wednesday, the mayor told state legislators the city needs money to fund overtime to help police fight the drug war.

A seven-member task force that will focus on the drug problem isn't expected to hit the streets until September.

Bruchey suggested the $400,000 could come from the $260 million state budget surplus.

The city has already used $438,044 of the $547,936 budgeted for police department overtime for this fiscal year.

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