Come Tuesday the future of the Edwardsburg Police Department will be in the voter's hands. The department has two millage proposals on the ballot.
One asks for a renewal that will keep the department open or else it will shut down. Police protection would likely be turned over to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
The second proposal is for one mill and will help with police improvements.
“I think it's just a little bit more than a want,” says Officer Deven Lambart from the Ontwa Township/Edwardship Police Department. “I think it's a need a necessity. Our equipment is outdated. Our facilities are a little outdated. We want to provide the community with better protection.”
In Ontwa Township or Edwardsburg there are plenty of vote “yes” or “no” signs to the police millage that will be on the ballot on Tuesday.
The same proposal for improvements failed back in May by thirteen votes and that was before an "anti-millage" campaign had ever been formed.
Robert Donnelly is running the “vote no” campaign. He says, “You can have a county officer on duty full time for one hundred thousand dollars a year and do the exact same thing that Ontwa does without five chiefs and a board that we are paying for. It's just squandering money.”
Both sides of the campaign are predicting this time around could be even closer at the polls.
During the last election around 600 people voted and the vote was pretty much split right down the middle.