Lebanon’s city council heard a proposal Wednesday night from local organizers to reallocate 50% of the city’s police budget to social services, like mental health treatment and affordable housing. The proposal comes from the Upper Valley Democratic Socialists of America . The group wants $3 million from the police budget reallocated to social service organizations by 2022 to help support things like mental health treatment and affordable housing. About 150 people attended the virtual meeting, and 41 gave a public comment, including Olivia Shin, who lives in Lebanon’s Ward 2. She said she supports the proposal, and thinks police should not be handling mental health or substance use calls. “There seems to be a notion in this country that we can train...
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Lebanon City Council Hears Proposal To Reallocate 50% Of City's Police Budget