Your editorial suggesting that Suffolk County should give ShotSpotter more time mentions that there is one legislator, that would be me, who wishes to pull the plug ["Suffolk's ShotSpotter might still hit the mark," July 18].

If ShotSpotter needs time to tweak the system and work out the bugs, that's fine, but not with taxpayers' money. The maker should refund the $800,000 Suffolk has already paid for a system that so far has been an absolute failure.

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The taxpayers should not pay another dime until ShotSpotter can prove its value. That would be the responsible thing to do.

Tom Cilmi, Bay Shore

Editor's note: The writer represents the 10th District in the Suffolk County Legislature.