Motivated by the financial crunch, Maine citizens are struggling with the issue of how to best to police its rural communities, reports the Bangor Daily News. In Lincolnville (pop. 2,200), voters recently decided 187-163 to defund the local police department beginning June 30, meaning Chief Ron Young will be let go after five years of service.
Most other towns in Waldo County have already eliminated local policing, relying instead on the county sheriff’s office and Maine State Police to maintain public safety. Lincolnville's decision knocked $85,557 off the community's municipal budget. About 20 miles north, voters at Stockton Springs' annual town meeting went in the other direction, voting to appropriate a total of $73,958 to maintain local policing.