Superior Adds Funding To Police, Fire In 2018 Budget

No Tax Increase, No Job Loses

SUPERIOR, Wis. – While Duluth is facing cuts to police and fire, it’s the opposite for the city of Superior.

Mayor Jim Paine says the police department is getting an additional $28,000 next year to help fund more community policing and provide officers training in crisis intervention, diversity and de-escalation.

As for the fire department, an extra $10,000 is being allocated to help re-start the dive team program.

Mayor Paine says it’s just one piece of the budget that successfully won’t raise taxes.

“Nothing matters more than this. This is literally everything that we do at the city of Superior. So to have a budget that’s successful, that’s investing in the community — that’s not asking more of citizens — it’s a pretty significant achievement. And I think everybody that worked on it can and should be proud,” Paine said.

The city did face a $400,000 deficit going into 2018, but Mayor Paine said departments were able to go line by line to fix that.

Also, no jobs are being cut and all employees are getting a two percent increase in pay.

For a detailed 2018 budget report, click here.

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