The Wyoming County Commissioners plan to express opposition to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed fees for Pennsylvania State Police protection.
The governor’s most recent budget proposes requiring all municipalities to pay a fee for state police even if they have their own police department, Commissioner Rick Wilbur said at Tuesday’s commissioners meeting.
Municipalities such as Tunkhannock Borough would have to pay a smaller fee due to having its own police force. Smaller municipalities that rely on state police protection would be hurt financially, he said.
“There are many small communities and there’s no way they could afford a police department. Then they’re going to be crunched by this, and it’s basically another unfunded mandate coming from Harrisburg,” he said.
Wilbur, along with Commissioners Tom Henry and Ernie King, plan to send letters to Gov. Wolf; Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Lehman Twp.; and Rep. Karen Boback, R-Harveys Lake; showing opposition on behalf of the municipalities of Wyoming County.