North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas on Friday rejected a proposal from the city's police union to restore dispatching duties to the police department.
In 2013, the city shifted dispatching duties for police calls to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office in Lockport.
The Police Benevolent Association proposed forgoing some scheduled raises to pay for dispatchers, but Pappas said even so, the cost of personnel and equipment was too high.
"It could not be sustained over the long haul, while still producing responsible budgets respectful of our citizen taxpayers," Pappas said.
He said Sheriff James R. Voutour assured city leaders that there will be no safety concerns caused by continuing with county dispatching.
PBA President Daryl Truty called Pappas' decision "much more than disappointing; it is negligent. The mayor also has yet to address the increased response times that have occurred since the city joined the county 911 dispatch system."
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