BROWNVILLE – The relationship between a police force and a small town can hold the area together.
One Maine town is on the verge of finding out if they can live without it.
The Brownville Police Department was de-funded last month, and these cruisers remain unused.
On Monday the town comes together to to vote on whether or not to disband the unit altogether.
The town has been without its own police since March, and while this isn’t the first time the idea has been brought up, it gained traction this time around.
Town Manager Kathy White said “This year there wasn’t that support, there was a group of citizens that was concerned about the cost of the department. They got enough people to defund it at the town meeting.”
Brownville stands to save $130,000 with the move, as it relies on Piscatiquis County Sheriffs for help.
But business owners say they’re not worried so much about the cost of fighting crime as they are about attracting people to their area.
There are also concerns that losing such a key piece of public service could cause a domino affect in the town.
The fate of the department will be decided on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the elementary school.