Some West York council members say they're pleased with the borough's police department but want to seek proposals for contracting services from other departments to see what they have to offer.
"We're trying to keep all of our options open as we come into negotiations with the bargaining unit," Council Vice President Shane Louthian said.
The West York Police Department's union contract is up at the end of the year.
Other council members have disagreed with seeking outside services. Councilwoman Dawn Shue said she believes it would cost the borough more.
"What it comes down to is they want to get rid of the police department," she said.
The council voted 4-3 earlier this month to seek proposals from West Manchester Township, York City, Northern York County Regional, Spring Garden Township and York Area Regional Police.
President Steven Herman, Nancy Laird, Annette "Chickie" Christine and Louthian voted in favor of the motion. Shelley Metzler, Brian Wilson, and Shue voted against it.
Shue pointed out that the borough's police department recently cracked a retail theft ring, resulting in 110 arrests. The officers' response time is two minutes, and the department shares expenses with the borough office.
"It's going to be so much more costly in the long run," she said of going with an outside department.
Shue said the borough's officers are some of the lowest paid in the county, and officials don't know whether the officers are asking for a pay increase. The police department's budget this year is more than $1 million.
"There may not even be a need to raise taxes," she said.
Louthian said the West York Police Department "has done an outstanding job."
Finances are always an issue, Louthian said. Just like shopping for a car, you want to look at more than one price.
"We're trying to do the best we can for the residents of West York," he said.
Annette "Chickie" Christine said she agrees that the borough is just trying to keep its options open. Just because she voted in favor of seeking proposals doesn't mean that's how she'd vote in the future -- if it even comes to that.
"The first priority is to keep the people of the borough safe," she said.
A Facebook page called "Keep West York Police" was started. And a flier distributed in a West York neighborhood encourages residents to attend council meetings.
Metzler said she expects a borough meeting on Monday evening to be packed. Residents have been calling her and showing up at her door because they are upset about the move.
Metzler said the three dissenting council members were surprised when the issue came up earlier this month. Metzler said she will fight it.
"I don't want to lose my police, my protection," she said.