Wednesday, November 23, 2011
THE GUARDIAN is always thinking about the costs to taxpayers for all manner of things done by government at the local level. The costs for misdemeanor prosecutions came up and a public records request was made to the City of Caldwell for the costs of private legal services v. services from the local Canyon County Prosecutor. THE GUARDIAN interviewed Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Taylor, Tuesday of this week about the costs. Mr. Taylor indicated he made an offer of $250,000 to prosecute misdemeanor and infraction issue for the city of Caldwell per year regardless of what the numbers of prosecutions came to over the course of the contract.
A public records request was made to Caldwell City for the RFQ's submitted by Canyon County and the current private law firm of Hamilton, Michaelson, Hilty Law Office. Bids were: $250K/year from Canyon County and $297K from HMH. We then used historical data of 3292 prosecutions in the HMH RFQ to figure the costs of each prosecution effort. Canyon County came in at $76/ prosecution effort and HMH came in at $90/prosecution. The fair City of Caldwell chose the HMH prosecution services at a elevated cost of nearly 18.5% or $47,000.00 more.
We have known Mr. Taylor for a number of years and consider him to be a learned man of the law as well as a very efficient Prosecutor. Why the City of Caldwell would not opt to save Caldwell Taxpayers $47K on these services is baffling to THE GUARDIAN.
Editor Note: RFQ = Request for Quotation... Felony prosecutions automatically go to the Canyon County Prosecutor unless they are conflicted out to another county.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 7:14 PM