Rollingwood budget workshop highlights new police vehicle, cost of living adjustments

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During an Aug. 21 budget workshop, Rollingwood City Council focused on several expenditures for fiscal year 2019-20, including cost of living adjustments and benefits for city employees and new expenditures for the police department.

Regarding annual raises, a 3% requested cost of living adjustment, which was requested by City Administrator Amber Lewis, will cost about $39,000.

Council also discussed sanitation, with one of the biggest line item costs for that department coming in at $125,000 for the year.

Acting Police Chief Kristal Pompa requested three additional tasers, more uniforms and bullet proof vests, as well as $40,000 for a new records management system, though she said at least part of the funding for that could come from a grant.

The big ticket item Pompa requested was a new fully outfitted vehicle at a budget price tag of $75,000. Pompa said right now her department’s newest vehicle is from 2016.

Pompa also requested $2,000 for a new laptop for when a new police chief, Jason Brady, starts Oct. 1 and $5,000 for community outreach.

Rollingwood’s next budget workshop will be Sept. 18.

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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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