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Commissioners Set Policing Rates

Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County's Board of Commissioners has set the price of police units for the years 2008 and 2009, but some township leaders say the cost may be too high.
Commissioners have unanimously approved charging communities 136-thousand dollars per Sheriff's department deputy, supervision, and overtime costs in 2008.
Sheriff Dan Minzey says his department now has to determine the impact if communities opt out of contracts with his department.
Minzey says that charging local communities the full cost of police units will save the county two-point-five million dollars in 2008 and 2009.