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Homer city council votes to fund police department

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HOMER, La. -

The Homer town council voted to fund its police department through the end of the year.

The city will loan the department approximately $80,000 to cover its salaries and expenses through Dec. 2013. That money will be taken out of the department's 2014 budget.

The other option- contracting the sheriff's department for law enforcement- was deemed too expensive and too disruptive to city residents.

Police Chief Russell Mills gave a few reasons for the money problems. He said the department's annual budget has fallen in recent years. Court fees and ticket collections are also down.

The emergency meeting regarding HPD funding was originally scheduled for Wednesday but only one council member, District 3's Don McCalman, attended.

Related Article: Homer council members absent, meeting rescheduled for Thursday

McCalman, Carlette Sanford (Dist 4.) and Patricia Jenkins (Dist. 5) all voted in favor of the HPD loan.

Sanford and Jenkins said they were unable to attend the Wednesday meeting due to prior engagements.

Linda Ferrell Mozeke (Dist. 1) and Michael Wade (Dist. 2) did not attend the Thursday meeting.

The mayor, council and Chief Mills will meet again in two weeks to talk about the department's 2014 budget.

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