Police Contract Rates Increase
The price of police contracts are on the rise in Pine County. The increase is roughly 12-percent higher than last years cost. The Pine County board approved the increase from $36.75 to $42, Tuesday, at the county board meeting.
Pine County Sheriff Mark Mansavage says this is 52-percent of the cost for putting an officer in a specific city or township. This includes the cost of wages, benefits, vehicle maintenance, gas, and insurance. Right now the cities of Pine City, Sandstone, and Hinckley and Windemere Township have contracts with the county.
Sandstone Mayor Randy Atterbury told the board that this is an expense his city can’t afford.
Cities and townships have until September 15th to accept to the new rate. If not, they will lose having a specific deputy in their neighborhoods.
Mansavage adds that if the cities and township do not agree to the new rate, the loss of revenue for the sheriff’s department could result in layoffs.