Palmetto Bay officials decided at a Sept. 10 budget meeting to add an additional police officer beyond the one requested by Commander Greg Truitt. The funds for that recurring expense of $150,000 a year were to come from our $9 million reserve fund.
But to balance the budget $990,500 was transferred from the unreserved fund balance. So with the addition of another officer, $1,140,500 will be taken out of reserves to balance the budget.
It may be necessary to use reserves when times are tough, but it is not responsible to use reserves to expand services that will continue into future years.
Eric Tullberg, Palmetto Bay