Potsdam village board shift budget items in an effort to save money long term
POTSDAM – The village Board of Trustees shifted $40,000 from a “salaries overtime” account to a “salaries full-time” account that could end up saving money in the long run.
In negotiations with the Teamsters union representing village police, a proposal came up to add a police officer to the force that would be paid for with a reduction in the overtime the village was laying out, according to Trustee Steve Warr, who was on the negotiating team.“It funds itself,” Warr said, with the extra officer taking up the overtime load. “By changing the manpower profile we save enough from overtime to pay for the increase of one officer. The money’s already there to do it. It made perfect sense. The village and the union agreed.”
The budget transfer was approved unanimously at the board’s meeting Aug. 19.