Chicopee spends $1.14 million on public safety upgrades

The police and fire departments are purchasing new vehicles and a range of new equipment after the City Council approved a variety of spending requests recently. The City Council approved $1,140,088 to do everything from purchasing new fire truck and cruisers to upgrading weapons and buying new speed-enforcement signs. All the money came from either the stabilization account or the free cash account. The city received a record $10.6 million in free cash when the state Department of Revenue certified the money in December. That money comes from revenues received from taxes, reimbursements from grants and other funds that were not spent in the last fiscal year. The capital improvements had been discussed earlier by the City Council’s capital planning committee.

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