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Cassia County And City Of Burley In Negotiations For Law Enforcement Contract
Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV) The City of Burley and Cassia County are in the process of negotiating the law enforcement fee.
The city pays the county every year for services and the current contract expires in October.
The city has used cassia county services for law enforcement since 1986.
Early this month, the county presented the city with a contract proposal for fiscal year 2014.
That included a price tag of $1.5 million dollars, that’s a 6.4% increase.
"We actually pay the county to provide us the service of law enforcement and they've done an excellent job. We have a good relationship with them and communication with the Sheriff and undersheriff,” said Mayor Terry Greenman, City of Burley.
The budget is set by the county commissioners with input from the sheriff.
One major factor of the fee increase, the county is losing money from a grant.
"I have asked for a 3% cost of living increase for my employees. Also, not knowing what were going to get for the affordable healthcare plan, I added a little percentage to that and that's where we came up with the numbers” said Sheriff Jay Heward, Cassia County.
In no way will the contract affect taxpayers.
The city and county are working together to get the contract price lowered.
"I'm convinced we're going to come to a conclusion and our council will come to a conclusion that will be a win-win for both of us” said Greenman.
Mayor Greenman said, there is no reason to duplicate a department and form a separate police department.
The city is already getting good services from the county.