DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Damariscotta officials voted in favor of asking voters whether to give the town the right to eliminate its police department.
Town officials voted unanimously to get the question on the November ballot.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's department put forward a proposal to take over policing the town.
Damariscotta selectman David Atwater, says "it appears as though it is 100 thousand dollar savings a year and to me that's a significant amount and as a responsible selectman who not wanting the taxes to go up because that's what people tell me, I think it's certainly worth looking into."
Calvin Dodge, a Damariscotta resident, says "the last few years we've had some great officers that we could rely on and we must be very careful and weigh this situation because this is an important matter and I don't want to see anything happen to Damariscotta that we would regret in the future."
Public hearings will be held on September 19 and 26 at 630 pm.