Isn't that the real question in the controversy over whether or not Yorkville should dissolve its police department? Police protection is probably the most defining municipal service a village can provide to its residents. After the police are gone, what is left?
At this point, the only option seriously under consideration is merger of police with the County Sheriff. No doubt, on a personal level, Sheriff Maciol would be able to make this work because he came out of village police ranks, was a village mayor, and knows the territory. However, the County Board of Legislators ultimately will control the budget and the contractual terms will the Village ... the overwhelming majority of whom have no direct interest in what goes on in the Village. What may be favorable terms now for the Village may not be so favorable in the future -- especially when the County understands that it is taking on more risks to go into village policing.
Contracting with another entity for this service would seem to always subject village residents to the control of others.
If Yorkville truly cannot afford its own police department, perhaps it is time to talk about merger of village government itself with an adjoining village such as New York Mills, Whitesboro, or both. While Yorkville residents' votes would be diluted with those of its neighbors, would things really change for individual residents? I think not. The villages are so similar to each other that they are practically indistinguishable.
By merging with other like municipalities, village residents will still be in control.