May 6, 2016 5:01 PM

Weare can't afford to repair town's police cruisers but pays chief $65 per day to drive in

WEARE — While more than $17,000 have been spent so far to fix the town's police cruisers, with all but one currently off the road for repairs, some residents are questioning why their tax dollars are funding the chief's daily commute from his home in Maine to the department in New Hampshire.

READ: All but 1 of Weare Police Department's cruisers being repaired

According to the Concord Monitor, Police Chief Sean Kelly lives in Lebanon, Maine of York County and travels round trip to work in Weare, which is roughly about 120 miles. As part of Kelly's contract, he gets mile reimbursement when using his own vehicle, and according to the paper gets 54 cents per mile or $65 a day.

Currently, with all but one cruiser in the shop for repairs costing more than $17,000 some residents are dissatisfied with how their tax dollars are being handled.

In March, voters rejected to buy five new cruisers for the town. Since Kelly is only part-time, he does not get benefits at taxpayers' expense.

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