You get what you pay for, and that applies even in the world of public safety.
"Let me be clear, we are not abandoning the residents of Lauderdale Lakes, but during these strained economic times, I have an obligation to the taxpayers of Broward County to ensure that services are provided based on allocated funding," Sheriff Al Lamberti wrote in a Nov. 5 e-mail notifying city leaders of the pending change.
The city owes about $6 million, which in these economic times isn't pocket change for a small city. Just last week, the City Commission approved another one-year deal with BSO.
While Lamberti isn't abandoning the city, it certainly appears BSO is taking a leave of absence.
Nine sergeants and deputies will be transferred from Lauderdale Lakes to other BSO-served cities and the city will also lose the use of a ladder fire truck and 12 firefighters.
That could leave residents in a pinch when they call 911 when something goes up in flames, fire union officials said.
"We have no choice but to scale back services to the residents of Lauderdale Lakes," Lamberti said.