Pulaski (WSYR-TV) - Neighbors in the Oswego County village of Pulaski are deciding on the future of the police department.
If approved at the polls, the sheriff's office and state police would take over and handle all village calls.
A state police barracks is currently located in the village.
If the department stays, voters are being told to expect a ten to twenty percent tax hike.
Those against the elimination say police response times would suffer at a time when the village police department is reporting an increase in crime.
Village trustee Sharon Taplin says, “I think the visibility of Pulaski Police makes a big difference in deterring crime and without the visibility, I think we would be hurt."
Pulaski resident Pat Fox says, "I think the tax dollars can go for something better than paying for protection that we don't necessarily need. We have State Police here, we have the sheriff, why do you want a village police?"
Voting runs until 9 p.m. at the Pulaski Village Hall.