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I recently read a letter signed by Jamie Russell about all the specific’s of how the levy could enhance all the Jail programs and make convicts less susceptible to re-offending. This could be accomplished by a multi-million dollar levy to invest in programs like mental health and other expensive programs for folks that may be in the Jail for up to one year. Since Jamie Russell is the Jail commander, having all these new employees is probably something she may have even suggested to the Sheriff. Her comment that repeat offending is a real problem in Lincoln County is probably true. It is a real problem in most counties since police have been dealing with the same small percentage of repeat criminals for decades.
The problem with this levy is it was mislabeled as comprehensive for making Lincoln County safer but most of the money goes into social programs for the Jail. Only a small percentage is for patrol or other special teams like drug enforcement. This should have been honestly presented as what it is, instead of selling us a bill of goods. It was only recently that the Sheriff gave us a real amount of the levy around 3.7 million. I don’t blame him for trying to hide this under the softer sounding 46 cents per thousand game.
Increasing our tax’s for this is bad policy, hidden with political jargon.
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