DeWitt (WSYR-TV) -- Earlier this year, NewsChannel 9 told you that the village of East Syracuse is considering dissolving its police department to save money.
On Tuesday, the battle found itself in DeWitt. If the department was dissolved, DeWitt would have to take on six East Syracuse police members, which means paying their salaries and taking on the department’s resources and equipment. Ultimately, it leads to more spending and not everyone in DeWitt is on board with the plan.
“As you can see tonight the town of DeWitt people are not happy about this. As far as the village residents go, we pay both village taxes and town of DeWitt taxes, so obviously we may save on our village taxes, but it’s going to be made up in our town of DeWitt taxes, so either way we’re going to end up paying for it,” said Kim O’Brien, with Friends of the East Coast Syracuse Police Department.
A public meeting is planned for the Friday at 3 p.m. at the DeWitt Town Hall to talk about the issue.
If the dissolution is approved, it would take effect the first of next year.