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DPS seeks $11M budget for FY2020

THE Department of Public Safety has submitted a $10.9 budget request for fiscal year 2020 which starts on Oct. 1, 2019.

At the recent budget hearing conducted by the House Ways and Means Committee, DPS also sought the lawmakers’ support despite its overtime overruns.

DPS has three divisions — the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, police, and administration & general support.

For FY 2020, DPS said it needs $8.38 million for personnel and $2.4 million for all other expenses.

The administration has proposed only $7 million for DPS in FY 2020. It no longer includes the $303,000 for the “War on Ice” program.

DPS has a budget of $7.79 million in the current fiscal year.

Ways and Means Vice Chairman Ralph Yumul asked the department how does a $1.8 million overtime overrun occurs.

“We need to get a clear answer, and direction. When you look at other branches of government there are no overruns,” said Yumul. “How do we address this? Because the [overruns] go beyond the annual appropriation.”

DPS said its overtime overruns can be paid with Compact Impact funds and by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.