It was a capacity crowd at Monday nights Town Council meeting. The turnout was in response to the rumors of police layoffs. Our worse fears were realized when Township Manager Kathy Hoffman confirmed that up to 8 officers could be laid off with the upcoming municipal budget. This municipal budget crisis is due largely to the lack of revenue from the Gardens Redevelopment Project (West End as they like to call it).
Dozens of residents and police officers spoke out against the layoffs. Most cited the detrimental impact on our community the layoffs would cause including the crime rate and lack of officers to respond to emergencies. Some residents even told emotional stories of how the members of MHPD have helped them over the years and even saved their lives.
Town Council took the necessary steps to apply for “transitional aid” from the state that could provide up to $1 Million in funding but were quick to disclose there still may be layoffs. According to Manager Hoffman layoffs may still occur even with special state aid being awarded.
Laying off 8 police officers of MHPD’s 22 member department would no doubt have major consequences and significantly impact the safety of our town. Services would be cut, the crime rate would sky rocket and property values would plummet.
All residents are encouraged to attend the next Town Council meeting on March 28 at 8pm and the next Budget Workshop when the date/time is announced.
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