Millville decides against consultant for police department, for now
MILLVILLE, Del. – Millville town officials have voted not to hire a consultant to study the need for a police department but they say they’re definitely not ruling it out in the near future.
The council voted four to one against hiring a firm to see whether they need to create their own department. Right now, Delaware State Police provides 40 hours of coverage a week costing the town 180-thousand dollars a year. The town’s deputy mayor tells 47 ABC they’re well aware that the area is growing and they’ll soon need their own force. However, officials are waiting for some more information like census data before they make that kind of financial investment.
“Now at a time when crime rates are down in Millville, we don’t have a census report, we have a great relationship with the State Police, do we want to spend 15-thousand dollars to have a study done by a consulting firm to tell us we don’t need a police department at this time,” says Millville’s Deputy Mayor Ron Belinko.
Belinko also says that starting a police department costs millions of dollars and it could mean a potential tax increase of up to 60 percent, something he says is not ideal with the current economic situation.