Bono approves plan to pay fine

BONO, Ark. (KAIT/AP) - At Tuesday's city council meeting, the city of Bono approved a plan to pay the fine for violating the federal overtime wages law and for poor record keeping.

Members voted 5 to 1 to pay the $54,062 fine by taking the amount from the city's Police Equipment account that has over $98,000.

In order to replenish the account, the city will pay $3500 from the general fund each month to the police equipment fund.

City Attorney Jeff Scriber said that the city is being fined  for violating the overtime wage laws with the police department. The city has 90 days to pay the fine.

The U.S. Department of Labor began investigating when former Police Chief Robert Jones said the city had failed to follow the law about paying overtime to city police officers. Jones made the comment after being fired for insubordination.

Mayor Billy Stephens said he'll examine the city's budget to find where to get the money to pay the fine.

Region 8 News tried reaching out to Scriber for a comment and never received a call back.

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