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Homer Town Council votes to fund PD through end of year

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In a special meeting Thursday, the Homer Town Council decided to fund the police department for the rest of the year after the department ran out of cash.

The board voted unanimously to fund the police department $80,000 to help support the department's financial needs for the rest of the year.

The board failed to bring the matter to a vote on Wednesday because only one board member showed up and a quorum was not reached.

If the board would not have reached a decision, Homer Police Officers may have been furloughed for the rest of the year.

Thursday's decision allows police to stay on the streets and avoids the possibility of the city contracting the Sheriff Department's Deputies to patrol the town.

"I don't think the Sheriff, in this short term, could have provided the same degree of patrol that the police department provides just because he has a whole parish to patrol and he is not able to shift personnel quickly to take over what would have been in the Town of Homer," says Town Lawyer Tom Arceneaux.

The money allotted Thursday will be enough to keep the police on duty for the rest of 2013.

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