Our View: Buffaloe needs budgeting tutorial after $200K surprise

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Elizabeth City residents might have been a bit safer this past year without realizing it. At least city taxpayers know now that they paid extra for police protection.

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Having worked for local

Having worked for local government, I know that periodically (probably monthly) the finance director would have given the chief and the city manager printouts of departmental spending. It should have been obvious that the overtime line-item was going to go in the red. Printouts generally show the percentage of a line item expended. If, at 4 months into a fiscal year (33 percent) - 75 percent has been expended - you know you had better cut back on overtime, or see if you can get more money.

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