Amherst May End Police Support for Charity Events

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

By John Borsa

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) - The Town of Amherst is considering a controversial idea to save taxpayers money.

Some town board members want to charge a fee to provide police protection and traffic control to charity events, like 5K runs.

The police department currently spends about $50,000 per year in overtime and other costs to provide charity events with police protection.

"Who is really benefiting from these events?" asked Steven Sanders, a town board member who is sponsoring the resolution with four other members.

"If a local restaurant wants to run an event and net $10,000 for charity and the town's spending $1,500 on police protection, the question is should the town really be subsidizing this contribution to charity to the amount of $1500? And I think the answer probably is no."

Amherst is considering a $116 million budget proposal for 2013 at Monday night's 7:00 p.m. meeting.