Well our board of "bullies" has reached a new low. Shame on them.
They are now suggesting that Sheriff Timothy C. Carter turn over to them funds he and his staff have worked so hard for. Carter has been one of the most fiscally responsible elected officials in this county, and has received nothing but abuse, withholding of funds, no cooperation and no respect for his countywide elected office. They have the audacity to blindside him in front of an open meeting with this "request" without giving him the courtesy of discussing it with him in a committee meeting. Have these narrow-minded people no shame?
The sheriff and his staff have worked hard with other law enforcement departments to put jail criminals and confiscate their ill-gotten gains, and I might add keep our county safer. He has saved and invested this money so that he can get the bare necessities his department and staff need to keep our community/county safe. They need decent automobiles, a decent communication system and video cameras to help with their arrests, all the things most law enforcement in other places get with no harassment. The sheriff has to work in a less then tolerable office space while this board spends millions creating new office spaces for less-needy branches of county government.
They used the excuse that this money should be used to pay to jail these criminals, but there is no way of knowing if the criminals will be housed in this jail at all. They say that the money will pay three years of interest on the moral bonds they guaranteed; remember they couldn't be bothered to get taxpayer consent on a referendum. No, they do it in a sneaky, shameful way. Let them figure out a way to pay for it.
In the meantime, the sheriff's department will have to transport prisoners to Warren County. I guarantee the board won't provide funds to staff transfers or vehicles to do it safely. I urge this county to sign the petitions to oust these shameless people or vote them out next election.
Sandra Engle, Mount Jackson