Thursday, June 3, 2010
We have obtained a memo dated June 3, 2003 from then Chief Civil Prosecutor Chuck Saari to the Canyon County BOC. The four page memo is a legal analysis of changes to the law going into effect on July 1, 2003. Page 2, item #2 says:
"2. Based upon new legislation, effective July 1, 2003, concerning 911 fees and salaries "directly related" to an emergency communication system, it is clear that Canyon County may use received 911 fees to fund a portion of the Canyon County dispatchers' salaries."
The above quote seems pretty clear.
Canyon County is now on track to receive about $1.3 million in 911 phone and cell phone surcharges by the end of this fiscal year. This is not chump change and if the Sheriff and the BOC maintain 911 surcharge money could not be spent on salaries then where has all the money gone over the last 20 years? We will anxiously wait for the county mavens of money to answer this question.
Meanwhile, we do not share the CCBOC and Sheriff's beliefs the City of Caldwell should be on the hook for any 911 services.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 3:10 PM