Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 20, 1976 · Page 7
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Sheriff's budget gets less than nickel of property tax dollar The Idaho Free Press, Frldiy, Fcbni»ry JO, im--7 r « £ f * : ° lowing is the last of a "* Part series of articles written by Cfcorge Nourse, sheriff of Canyon County. Tta articles are intended to inform the taxpayers about the duties, requirements and responsibilities of the sheriff's office The sheriff also wants the taxpayers to know where and how their money is beina spent m his department). By George Nourse CALDWELL - The problem of getting money to operate (he sheriff's office is not new. Furthermore, it is not isolated to Canyon County nor is it restricted to sheriffs' departments. All county governments in this stale suffer from lack of funds to handle their responsibilities A survey conducted by the Idaho Personnel Commission makes very clear that traditionally counties pay their employes less than cities, and cities pay their em- ployes less than the stale. This survey was done on a job comparison basis for the three levels of government. People I talk to are concerned over their properly taxes growing higher each year. Many people think that property taxes all go to run county government. This is not true. For 1975 $11,432,675.94 was collected in taxes. The county government received $2,730,544.13. County government collects the property taxes for the schools, cities, highway districts, cemetery districts, fire districts, and several others. Last year, 23.8836 per cent of your properly tax dollar went to supprt county government. Obviously, 76.11154 per cent of the properly tax dollar went to the other categories mentioned above. This means that out of your tax dollar 4.3 cents of it will eventually end up in the sheriff's budget. This represents services around the clock every day of the year in a county of 72,000 people. True, there are city police departments that also provide services to those living in the cities. However, a sheriff's office has several responsibilities placed on it that no other law enforcement agency has. for example, testing and vending driver's licenses. Last year our sheriff's office handled 16,832 operator's licenses, 1,419 chauffeur's licenses, 1,040 duplicate licenses, 209 instructor's permits, 1,362 driver training permits, for a total of 21,762. The county jail is another area that demands considerable attention. This past year we booked approximately 2,400 persons into the county jail. The prisoner days totaled 12,833, and there were nearly 40,000 meals served. Some of the other expenses are medical care for prisoners, cleaning supplies, blankets, towels, eating utensils, mattresses and numerous others. The civil department of the sheriff's office serves legal papers in civil suits and other mailers of non-criminal nature. It also serves subpoenas for matters criminal or civil and is another important function of any sheriff's department. Last year our civil office served 6,800 civil process papers. This means that on hundreds of occasions there were deputies driving around the county looking for people to be served with a legal process paper. This all takes cars, gas and manpower to accomplish. Mow, consider if you will, how far a deputy patrolman THIS! drive to answer a call for assisiance. Now consider how far a city policeman must drive to accomplish the same thing. The difference in time, gas and wear on vehicles is no small item. The distance factor is even more critical in trying to reduce response time lo emergencies. For us to have a reasonable response time it means having deputies located strategically out in the county lo cut down the distance factor. Two or three patrolmen on shift cannot provide adequate coverage for our 597 square miles of county when our population is second largest in the slate at 72,900 people. Adequate staffing is a musl if we arc expected to be on top of problems arising in the county. D.V. Scibert, left, JCHtnney board chairman, accepts a proof set of Canadian Olympic coins from John I'injiin, U.S. iliredorof the program. JCPrnncj stores across Ihr rmmlrv will sell subscriptions to the coin sets at catalog desks anil credit departments, The U.S. Olympic Committee will receive three per cent of the face value of the coins sold in the U.S. The coins will be minted in $5 and $10 denominations. JIToimeys at Karcher Mall in Nampa is participating in the sales. Meridian Scouts honored MERIDIAN - Boy Scout Troop No. 28 held its annual awards banquet at the Meridian LDS Stake Center recently. Three Scouts receiving the highest award in Scouting. At the special award event Ken Thompson, Gary Weaver and Robert Empey received the Eagle Scout rank. Weaver, son of Dr. and Mrs. Varselle Weaver, 9230 Ustick Road, earned 36 merit badges, 12 more lhan the minimum Can drive underway MERIDIAN - Girl Scouts of the Meridian area arc conducting an aluminum can drive which will continue through the summer. Residents of the area are asked to place empty cans in boxes or bags for pickup by the girls. Neighborhood chairman Geraldine Hall said any area Girl Scout could be contacted for can collection. Mrs. Hall also stressed t h a t adult Scout leaders arc needed. Interested persons m a y telephone 376-1887 for further information. requirement for Eagle rank. He holds three palms, one each for every five merit badges past the Eagle requirement. Ke is 14 years" old and attends Lowell Scoll Junior High School. Empey is the son of Mr and Mrs. Carl Empey, 3837 Patricia Lane, Boise. He earned 31 merit badges. He also attends Lowell Scott Junior High. Thompson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson, 745 Easl Pine Street, Meridian. He is a senior at Meridian High School. The three boys completed service projects as part if their Eagle requirements. Weaver constructed a bus stop shelter with benches, which is being used daily by school children on Ustick K o a d , Empey c o n - structed closets and shelves for the Elks Rehabilitation Center; and Thompson made a bicycle. rank now being used by the Meridian L.D.S. Church. Troops 28 also awarded three Life Seoul r a n k s lo G r a n t llaskell and S t u a r t Huskcll. sons Northeastern Pennsylvania produces almost -ill of the anthracite coal in the United States. of ,\lr. and Mrs. Gene Haskell. and Kevin Empey son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Empey. All three boys attend Lowell Scott Junior High. Ken Hollow-ay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold llolloway. Franklin Road. Meridian was promoted lo Star Scout. Of (he 17 boys currently in Troop 28 -- which is in the Capitol District of the. Ore-Ida Council--three others are Life Scouts and six more are Star Scouts. 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