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Complete plan would help county

Published 12:00am Sunday, July 21, 2013

When Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless gets three police cruisers given to his office, yet doesn’t even have the money in the budget to get them on the road, there is clearly a problem with funding law enforcement in the county.

This is just the most recent issue with funding the sheriff’s office and isn’t likely to be the last one either. Add this to the problems of aging equipment, significant deficiencies at the jail, limited manpower and the lack of resources to fully create a comprehensive 911 system.

Now is the time for county officials to sit down and draw up a complete plan for funding the sheriff’s office and other emergency services. Some efforts are in the works and we urge county leaders to be as detailed as possible when creating a road map to success.

The reality is it will likely cost citizens — most likely property owners — because there are few revenue-generating options beyond property tax levies. Citizens need to ask themselves what they are willing to pay for and what type of quality of life they hope to have for their children, grandchildren and all future generations.

The county must also continue to find ways to operate more efficiently, curb costs and ensure that salaries and benefits are reflective of the current economy.

Finding a solution for adequately funding the sheriff’s office, 911 and other emergency services certainly won’t be easy, but it couldn’t be more important.


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  • Poor Richard

    I agree with this article.

    The sheriff’s office is the most important office in this county. We cannot let criminals run rampant.

    I passed the STAR center in the Franklin Furnace area this weekend. It is overgrown with weeds and is setting idle. I can’t believe the state is stupid enough to allow this facility to deteriorate. Even if they allow it’s use by southern Ohio counties for free, it would be better than losing it completely to decay and neglect. WHAT IS THE STATUS??????? Is this one of those properties on the state list to get rid of??

    In my opinion, we should take the salary of the two useless county commissioners and give it to the sheriff’s office along with the county auditor’s salary and the dog warden. None of these men are ever in the office or running their offices, they leave it to others while they occasionally show up for a meeting. We do not need elected officials collecting a salary and not doing the work – get rid of them! If Chris Kline is not going to run for the office of county auditor during the next election, then give citizens other choices besides Stephens. I hope Dale Burcham runs for county auditor, at least he shows up to work everyday and does a good job.

    As for the dog warden, you best get your house in order, I don’t know what the heck goes on at that dog shelter but I do know that things do not get done. Why is our county allowing dog owners whose animals run loose, have been collected and taken to the dog shelter to get them back for a $25 dollar fine?? REALLY? First offense should be $100, second offense should be $200 and the third either $500 or keep the dog at the shelter. Are their dog shelter employees doing work on county salaries that do not pertain to the dog shelter business?? Maybe someone needs to investigate what is going on there.

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    • mikehaney

      Poor Richard–This year decided to stop at dog pound to p/u dog license. Bout as much fun as going to the vehicle license bureau. Next time will mail in. Also, never missed getting dog license. Ohio needs strict, spay neuter laws also,and close the puppy mills.

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