Bexley Police Chief Larry Rinehart said if he has to make a 10-percent cut in his departmental budget for 2011, such a reduction would have a significant effect on how his officers serve residents.

Bexley Police Chief Larry Rinehart said if he has to make a 10-percent cut in his departmental budget for 2011, such a reduction would have a significant effect on how his officers serve residents.

As part of an ongoing 2011 budget exercise, Bexley City Council's finance committee has asked Bexley department heads to list what reductions they would make if a 10-percent across-the-board budget reduction is ordered.

Rinehart told committee members Oct. 26 that a 10-percent cut would mean reductions of about $400,000 for the police department.

He listed these potential cuts:

$25,000 from the department's overtime budget. $5,000 from the police training budget. $2,000 that would be save by discontinuing the Safety Town program. $1,500 from the animal-control budget. $40,000 from the building-utilities and maintenance-residual fund. $25,000 from the custodial-fees budget. $37,000 from the department's capital fund.

The remainder, more than $260,000, would come from laying off three police department staff members.

Rinehart said he could not say exactly what positions would be affected by layoffs but that on-the-street police services would be cut by 25 percent.

For more information on this story, read the Nov. 4 edition of ThisWeek Bexley.