Liberty Twp. pays for sheriff’s office for police coverage and dispatch services.
Hamilton and Oxford began paying for the service several years ago and people asked why every department in Butler County wasn’t being charged, Dwyer said.
Willsey said since Ross operates its police department that “lessens the burden” on the sheriff’s office. So he doesn’t understand why Ross and others with a police department are being charged.
“That makes no sense to me,” he said on the phone after after the meeting. “We are being targets. Why are we asked to pay more? It’s just unfair.”
He also wants to see how the sheriff’s office devised its formula to charge the townships.
“When I go to Kroger I get a bill,” Willsey said. “I can go down that bill and see what I bought and what I paid or see if I’m charged for something I didn’t buy. We can’t find the formula and I want to know what I’m paying for. It’s just unfair.”
Dwyer said Hamilton and Montgomery counties charge for dispatch services and his operation came up with what it deemed the fairest formula.
Roberts wonders how many calls for service in Ross aren’t from the police department since the sheriff’s office runs radar in the township.
He also questioned why only Butler County police departments, and not fire departments, must pay for the dispatch center.
Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers said the commissioners will take the concerns under advisement and hope to “clear up” the situation and make the process more transparent.
Commissioner Cindy Carpenter was absent from the meeting.
WHAT BUTLER COUNTY DEPARTMENTS PAY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Liberty Twp.: $3 million, a contract that includes dispatching
Hamilton: $1.15 million
Fairfield Twp.: $219,638
Ross Twp.: $75,780
New Miami: $47,542
Seven Mile: $5,764
Fairfield, Middletown, Monroe, Trenton and West Chester Twp. have dispatch centers.