Pennsylvania lawmakers are making a push to charge residents for police protection.
Governor Wolf is calling for support for legislation that would impose a fee on municipalities who rely solely on Pennsylvania State Police for coverage.
The governor says municipalities where state police patrol aren't paying their fair share for that protection.
"To compensate for that deficit, money is being taken from the motor license fund for our roads and our bridges to pay for state police coverage," said Governor Wolf.
He says during the 2017-2018 fiscal year, $800 million meant to support state infrastructure instead went to fund state police.
"Think of the miles of road we could have repaired, the potholes we could have filled, the bridges we could have fixed," said Governor Wolf.
If Senate Bill 959 and House Bill 741 pass, municipalities which haven't paid for police coverage in years would be hit with a big cost, at the expense of taxpayers.
"It's getting hard. I'm retired and it's hard when you're on a fixed income to hear you're going to be taxed more than you already are," said Joe Beaver of Polk Township.
The fee residents would incur is based on municipality population. In Polk Township, people would pay an additional $58 annually. In Chesnuthill Township, residents would be asked to pay an additional $141 every year.
"That would come to $2.4 million approximately. That would hit the township's budget which is essentially a $5 million budget. So it would increase it by a half," said Chesnuthill Township manager, David Albright.
The tax would force Chesnuthill Township to up its millage rate from its current 8.75 to 13.44.
"[It's] about a 150% increase so yeah it's a budget killer," said Albright.
"That's almost 'can't-wrap-your-head-around-it.' It's too much," said Elizabeth Bradrick of Chesnuthill Township.
"$58 isn't a lot but when does it stop," said Beaver.
The sliding population scale the proposed fee is dependent on starts at $8 per resident in a municipality with 2,000 people or less. It goes up to $166 per person in a municipality with 20,000 people or more.