The Town government must explore alternative methods of service delivery if it is to avoide the fate of general motors (albeit at a much smaller scale).
With a cost of fully one half of the Atherton general fund budget, the first place to look for cost savings is the Police Department.
I have heard many times over reference to a 97 percent satisfaction rate with the Atherto Police Department. I am familiar with that survey. It was poorly designed and the results are therefore unreliable.
A more appropriate quesiton would have been something to the effect of should Atherton keep its police department even if it means paying a 50 percent premium over what it would cost to obtain protective services from neighboring jurisdictions such as Menlo Park or San Mateo County.