|Published:||Nov 01, 2012 6:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Nov 01, 2012 6:36 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- The political action committee, Find a Better Way for Lee County, is getting as many signatures as possible for a petition that would possibly consolidate the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the Fort Myers Police Department.
The committee claims the consolidation would save the taxpayers nearly $25-million dollars a year and would reduce the city's crime rate.
"It is like having two maids cleaning your house, but they are not communicating," says PAC leader, Raimond Aulen.
The group needs roughly 3,000 signatures to bring the issue to the voters for the next local election in Fort Myers in November 2013.
They claim to be halfway there.
"That is not a parade that I am leading in any way, shape or form," said Sheriff Mike Scott.
Sheriff Scott admits he sees positives and negatives if the two agencies came together.
"It is easier said than done, especially when you are dealing with large police departments," said Scott.
Voters seem to agree with the petition.
"I understand that includes some loss of jobs, but ultimately, financially we have to be more responsible," said voter, Dean Tyler.
"I think it would be good because it would save the taxpayers money and have one agency in charge," said another voter, Terry Hayes.
the mayor of Fort Myers, Randy Henderson Jr. says he is neutral on the issue and respects both departments tremendously.