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Fountain votes to get rid of its Police Department.

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The Town of Fountain unanimously voted to eliminate its Police Department.

The decision to cut the police department was made during the town's budget workshop in June. 

Fountain mayor Shirley Mitchell says the town reinstated the police department four years ago. Mitchell says unfortunately, the town does not have enough to continue to fund the two officers, the equipment, and the insurance and pensions. 

According to last year's budget, the town spent $156,200 on the police department. That works out to be about 11% of the town entire budget for the fiscal year.

Mitchell says the town plans to close the police department in October. She says the town has contacted the North Carolina Department of Justice to make sure they have all the proper paperwork complete to finalize the process.

Mitchell says the town is still working on the details of how they plan to cover the calls for service.


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