NORTH FRANKLIN (KDKA) – A Washington County police department will be disbanding at the end of the year.READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Winter Storm Blankets Pittsburgh Region With Heavy Snowfall
North Franklin Township Council said they need a balanced budget for 2019, and they just cant pay for the four full-time officers.
That’s why the council voted to cut the police department.
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The officers will be paid up until the end of the year and will receive health insurance until the end of January.
The council members said this was a tough decision, but they had to make it.
Law says that a township can’t approve a budget with a deficit. They said hiking taxes would have been the only other option to balance the budget and they didn’t want to do that.MORE NEWS: Winter Weather: Storm Brings Over 6" Of Snow To Pittsburgh Area
In the short term, state police troopers will patrol the township.