Updated 10/16/2012 12:00 PM
Voters to decide fate of East Syracuse Police Department
The fate of the East Syracuse Police Department will be determined today. Taxpayers have from noon until 9 p.m. to vote on the village board's proposal to dissolve the department. Our Katie Gibas reports.
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EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- East Syracuse taxpayers will vote today on the future of the village's police department. The village board wants to dissolve the department to save money.
The proposition calls for the village to hand over responsibility over DeWitt Police. Six officers would also be transferred to DeWitt, and East Syracuse would pay the town $400,000 for five years.
East Syracuse Mayor Dan Liedka says if the plan does not pass, taxes could go up 20 percent, and close to half the village work force could lose their jobs.
Polls will be open today from noon to 9 p.m.