Emergency dispatch budget rises

Hingham officials begrudgingly appropriated an additional $63,000 to the $750,000 budget for the South Shore Regional Emergency Communication Center for the coming fiscal year, pointing to staffing and training as reasons for the increase. Although town officials said they were reluctant to increase the budget without performing an audit on the multitown dispatch center, Town Administrator Ted Alexiades said officials had little choice. Hingham is tied to a vote of the majority members, and Cohasset, Hull, and Norwell had already recommended the numbers. “This is about paying our fair share of the bill,” Alexiades said at a selectmen’s meeting. Alexiades said Hingham’s appropriation had initially been lower as its budget process starts sooner than the other three towns. This is the third year the budget for the regional dispatch center has increased. Despite the increases, Police Chief Michael Peraino said the new center is invaluable. “You’re getting a better service, the technology is way ahead of what we had,” Peraino said. “It’s a success to me.”