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The City of Marco Island pays roughly $4.4 million a year for the Marco Island police department. This 2011 budget figure is up from $3.9 million in 2010. Yes, even in a time of economic recession and significant cuts by the city, our police department’s budget increased. This $4.4 million is in addition to the city’s annual cost of Collier County Sheriff protection. So yes, we are plain and simple paying twice for police protection on Marco Island.The police presence on Marco Island is undoubtedly EXCESSIVE. We do NOT need a minimum of 5 police officers on patrol at any given time. There are many people on this island who do not want to spend the $5 million for the MIPD on top of what we pay the Collier Sheriff, especially when the Sheriff are more than capable of performing the job themselves. We need change. We need an answer.
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