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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." The bottom line is there has been no stop to increasing the budget of the police force. People have had it.
The people have been offered on thing (small police force at city founding) and given another (today bloated ever increasing costs with no end in sight).
The City has allowed this to occur. This conversation would never been raised but for city managers lack of control.
Past city managers actions REQUIRE us to shut down the MOIS police. The madness must stop. If we had better past city managers controlling the police we would NOT need to do this now.
As the limb is bent so grows the tree.
This limb needs to be cut off because of poor overview/maintenance and the lack of trimming over the years.
No one likes this but the people are going bankrupt paying their real estate taxes. It is not a taxing problem it is a spending problem.
If the MOIS police returns to 1997 staffing levels I have no problem keeping them.
If the police budget was at 1997 staffing levels no one would complain. But I'm sure the police force today would say it is impossible to be at or around 1997 staffing levels. THUS the need to shut them down.
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