Paterson is in the midst of a budget crisis that will produce a major tax increase.
As a result, municipal officials are considering laying off about 150 police officers, almost a third of the force in a city with the highest crime statistics in Passaic County. The police layoffs would have minimal impact on this year's tax increase, but would put the city in much better position to avoid another large hike in 2012.
PatersonPress.com wants to know what its readers think should be done. Should the city go ahead and terminate 150 police officers? What would the impact be on public safety? Are there other municipal departments that should be cut instead? Or is a $1,360 average tax increase acceptable? We're looking for solutions.
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