Lawmakers in the Village of Owego are going ahead with a money-saving plan to eliminate two police officer positions from the force.

The Village Board has voted in favor of getting rid of the two vacant positions, leaving the department with six officers, including the Police Chief.

While some residents applaud the board for looking to cut costs, others say they are very concerned about police protection in the Village.

Owego is struggling with the New York State Property Tax Cap, limiting how much money it can raise through taxes, has experienced a recent reduction in the assessed value of properties and is considered to be under “significant fiscal stress.”

The lawmakers have also considered eliminating two positions in the Department of Public Works.


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