Seven months into its fiscal year, Muttontown is running a surplus of nearly $290,000, with much of the savings to be found in the village’s newly formed police force, according to a treasurer’s report.
Operating costs for the Muttontown Police Department, which began patrols last June, the start of the village’s fiscal year, are more than $250,000 under budget, said the report released Tuesday.
The department start-up costs — which include funds for training, vehicles and uniforms — are nearly $12,000 under budget, the report said.
The village police force — now 11 members strong with nine officers, a lieutenant and a chief — was formed after Muttontown declined to renew its contract with Old Brookville Police Department, upon finding it was paying more than other municipal partners for the same service.
Funds for the village’s force were “budgeted so the police department can have the best of everything it needs to serve the residents,” Mayor Julianne W. Beckerman said.
The village expects reimbursement for funds spent on repairs for damage sustained by Tropical Storm Irene, “so we could actually see our numbers get even better as the year goes on,” Beckerman said at Tuesday’s village board meeting.
Muttontown is more than $209,000 under budget in total expenditures with a nearly $80,000 surplus on the revenue side, according to the treasurer’s report.