MORTON -- Police overtime and auxiliary police expenses for community events rose 32 percent in 2019.
The increase, from $15,061 in 2018 to $19,963 last year, was primarily because of auxiliary police retirements that resulted in more overtime for full-time officers, said Morton Police Chief Craig Hilliard.
Morton Pumpkin Festival police expenses last year were $12,751, or about 64 percent of the total. Next on the list of 11 community events were the Morton VFW July 4 fireworks show at $1,363 and Morton High School homecoming parade at $974.
Pumpkin Festival police expenses increased about $3,000 from 2018 and fireworks expenses increased about $200, according to Hilliard.
A soccer tournament hosted by the Morton Premier Soccer Club added nearly $1,500 to the 2019 total. That was a new event.
Here are the Morton police overtime and auxiliary police expenses for Morton community events since 2012:
2012 -- $15,861.
2013 -- $15,605.
2014 -- $15,313.
2015 -- $14,401.
2016 -- $13,849.
2017 -- $16,919.
Overtime and auxiliary police expenses for community events are covered by hotel/motel tax revenue, not property taxes.