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Future of Wells Township Police Department hinges on levy

Updated: Monday, April 28 2014, 06:34 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
WELLS TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Ohio voters will decide the fate of hundreds of candidates next Tuesday.
As they head to the polls, a number of other items await their vote. One Jefferson County police department will be watching the results of a levy vote, knowing that a no vote would likely mean the end.
The department in question is Wells Township, which, believe it or not, is notoriously one of the most called upon in Jefferson County.
Much of that is because of the area the officers who wear this uniform patrol 26 square miles. Surprisingly, they do it all with only the money that is generated by the levy.
It's a 2-mil renewal or replacement levy. Officials say a yes vote not only ensures that the police department continues to operate and exist but that the other services they provide remain.
Things they are involved include the Wells Township Haunted House, a number of DARE programs, and dances and building security at a number of area schools.
As Wells Township Police Department Capt. Sean Norman said, the situation is serious.
“We don't want to say, ‘hey if you don't vote for this were taking our ball and going home.’ But that is very likely to happen. It is going to happen. If the levy fails, we will have no funding. And you can't have any police if you can't fund them.
It's important to keep in mind for voters is that this isn't for additional funds. This is to renew the current levy, which means the cost to you remains the same. It's also a continuous levy, which means it won't come up for renewal again.
The most arrests the department made in one year was 2005 when it made 170. It was also the first year there were police 24 hours a day, 7 days a week..
Police say they are on pace to hit those numbers again this year. If voters decide to keep them.

Future of Wells Township Police Department hinges on levy


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