LEONARDVILLE – End of year expenditures in the Riley County Police Department’s unused personnel fund are estimated to be around $924,000.
At Monday’s Riley County Law Board meeting, command staff presented for over an hour to the Law Board about potential large expenditures that could be addressed utilizing those funds, which effect 2021 carry over. (Find the complete list here: RCPD 2019 End of Year Funding Proposals)
Among the critical or mandatory items presented were necessary upgrades for the P25 radio project. Capt. Erin Friedline says for the past two years RCPD has put away an estimated $200,000 per year from those funds and currently have banked $400,000. She estimates needing to double that balance to be able to equip the entire RCPD staff with radios.
“We’re obligated at $1 million so that gives us a cushion to buy our extra radios and have those spares when ours go into service, but in the mean time with us sitting at $400,000 that doesn’t even get us the bare bones minimum with where the project appears it’s going to be in 2020,” Friedline said.
In addition, the IT reserve fund was noted earlier this year for being well underfunded through 2022. Friedline spoke about setting aside $185,000 for it to help offset some of the costs moving forward in that account.
“To at least plant that seed and get that account rolling so that we can start building up that reserve when we need it and actually have the money in there to spend it in those peak years coming up,” she said.