Published: Jul 01, 2013 6:24 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A petition to consolidate the Fort Myers Police Department and the Lee County Sheriff's Office now has enough signatures to possibly bring it up for a vote next general election.

The petition has received about 2,800 signatures. It would force FMPD to cooperate with the Sheriff's Office and become one department. The petitioner says it would save tax payers $25 million a year.

"If the public comes out and says, 'hey look, this is a better way to do it and this is going to save us money and we are going to have better results,' I think that this is how it has to be done," said petitioner Raimond Aulen.

Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker says if this happens, it will not save tax payers the money that the petition advertises. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott will not comment.