TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- It's official. Taylorsville is getting its own police force.
The city council voted three-to-two last night to launch its own police force beginning next April. The council voted last month to permanently sever its law-enforcement contract with Salt Lake County and last night's move made it official.
City council members also appointed Larry Marx the new chief of police in a vote of four-to-one.
Mayor Janice Auger estimates its first police budget should be about four-point-six (m) million dollars, which is what the city paid Salt Lake County for the service. But she says she hopes some of the start-up costs can be paid for with grant money.
Taylorsville is the largest contract city to leave the county sheriff's office.
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