Sheriff presents Holstein council with information on 28E agreement

 

Ida County Sheriff Wade Harriman met with the Holstein City Council May 3 to review the progress on  the 28E agreement for countywide law and the funding formula for the program.

“We had a lively discussion on the 28E agreement at the public safety and communications commission meeting a couple weeks ago. I kept pushing to get something to bring back to the councils,” noted Harriman.

“I presented a formula based on valuation, usage and population. I also recommended removing the jail from the 28E agreement.

“The real issue is this proposal increases the costs for Galva and Arthur, and Arthur is already $9,000 in debt for unified law. The county (board of supervisors) rejected that proposal because it uses valuation.”

According to Harriman, taking the jail out of the 28E agreement reduces the cost by $242,000. The county will take on that expense and probably see the jail budget increasing every year. Harriman said part of the discussion centered on how to keep Arthur and Battle Creek in countywide law.

Could Ida Grove and Holstein increase their percentage in order to keep Arthur and Battle Creek in countywide law? If they had to drop out, that would increase the other cities’ costs.

The proposal to bring back to the cities would set the county’s share at 43%, Ida Grove at 27.85%, Holstein at 16.85%, Galva at 3.3%, Battle Creek at 7% and Arthur at 2.6.

 

 

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