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Paying For Police Radios

22 August 2018 News

The Town of Front Royal Police Department‘s soon to be new Motorola radio system will cost about $545,000 and may be paid out of the town’s general fund. While some, like councilman Eugene Tewalt, have argued that the fund should not be used for this, Mayor Tharpe pointed out in a recent report that by using the general fund, it will save money by not having interest from the loan applied.

The money would be repaid to the town over several years. The town’s fund currently has more than 1.5 million dollars, and by paying for the new radio system, it will be left with about $980,000. Other options for payment include loans from Motorola or the Commonwealth of Virginia, but both could increase the cost due to interest.

The plan to adopt new police radios stems from the need for better reception in some areas; Mayor Tharpe commented on the “Statue of Liberty stance” some officers have had to use in order to get reception sometimes. A decision is anticipated on Monday, August 27, 2018.

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