MADISON VILLAGE — A lack of money means something has to go, and according to the Madison Village mayor, that means the area’s police department. He has recently shared his controversial proposal to contract with Madison Township police instead of having a separate department.
Mayor Sam Britton wrote an open letter to the community and some residents responded to it on Sunday.
"I think it's an excellent idea to have your local police force because as soon as you need someone, they are there,” said Matt McGinnis, a resident of Madison Village.
Mayor Britton explained in the letter that eliminating his community’s police department is necessary due to budget concerns. Britton wrote that the Village spends $656,000 on police every year, that’s more than 30% of the annual budget.
Currently there are three officers on staff, in addition to part-timers. A full staff would equal six officers.
The mayor explained that for the police department to be fully staffed, it would cost more than $800,000 a year, and that's money that the village just doesn't have right now.
There are about 3,200 people living in Madison Village. The mayor hopes to save the area more than $100,000 with the plan.
Nothing is set in stone yet, the ordinance to dissolve the police department goes before village council on Tuesday for a first reading.