- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

LAKE COMO, N.J. (AP) - A small New Jersey town has signed a deal to save taxpayers millions by disbanding its 10-member police department and use officers from a neighboring town.

Lake Como signed a 10-year contract with Belmar to pay 25 percent of the police budget for the duration of the pact.

Voters last week rejected a budget that would have raised their property taxes by more than 22 percent, costing the typical taxpayer about $700 more in municipal taxes.

Borough Administrator Louise Mekosh tells the Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/1Te84Wg ) the 2018 tax levy is projected to be about $1 million less than this year’s.

Three of Lake Como’s police officers have left for other jobs. Two will retire and five are looking for new jobs.


This story has been corrected to fix the spelling of town in 2nd paragraph to Lake Como.


Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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