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Lakeview residents learn more about police department options (Audio included)

Lakeview conducted its second public forum meeting to discuss reinstating its police department Wednesday.

The village is currently looking at two possible options for a police department. Initial start-up costs for both options amount to $31,000 and would be covered through the general fund. The start-up costs include a cruiser, mayor's court, uniforms, and radios.

The first option contains a part-time chief and two part-time officers. With an additional four auxiliary officers the village could expect 76 hours per week of police coverage. The estimated yearly cost of this plan would be $62,000.

The second option contains only a full-time police chief. With the addition of four auxiliary officers the village could expect 56 hours per week of coverage. The estimated yearly cost would be $88,000.

Three funding options were discussed. Under all three options the balance of funding for the police department would come from the general fund equaling approximately $25,000.

The first option is a 1/4 percent income tax that would generate $45,000. The funds would be strictly used for police operations. Under this option a person earning $30,000 per year would see an increase tax of $75 per year.

The second option is a 1/2 percent income tax that would generate $90,000. The funds would be divided between police and fire. Details on the split have not been finalized. Under option two a person earning $30,000 per year would see an increase tax of $150 per year.

The third option is the use of an electric utility tax that would generate about $35,000 per year to the general fund. Currently funds are returned to the electric fund to offset potential electric rate increases. Under this option a household bill of $100 would see an approximate increase of $5 per month.

Mayor Ryan Shoffstall recaps the meeting.

Lakeview still wants feedback from residents. For more information on the proposed options or to share your opinion call the Village of Lakeview Municipal Building at 843-9152.

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