Orange Township Budget Cuts Decrease Number Of Deputies Patrolling Streets


UPDATED: Wednesday January 2, 2013 11:09 AM

A Delaware County township is cutting more than $1 million from its annual budget.

Orange Township trustees voted on the cuts, which they said will affect law enforcement and fire protection in terms of training and supplies.

Officials said that one of the biggest cuts is to the township’s contract with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Trustees voted to cut their $500,000 contract in half, reducing the number of deputies patrolling the township from eight to four.

In addition, township officials no longer will purchase a planned $200,000 plow for its maintenance department and will cut thousands from its operating supplies budget.

Trustees also reduced the township fire department’s budget. Officials hope to put a levy on the February ballot after one in November failed.

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