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_~[ ............. L.~L_i. L, IA L I~ I .... LJ~ .,,.J ~ ...... ~ [ ' ., . , , , " ",.', , : [I ' Page A-2 -Mason County Journal-Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 Task force says county not spending enough public safety By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounb/ com Does public safety and crimi- nal justice receive enough atten- tion in the Mason County budget? The Mason County Public Safety and Criminal Justice Citizen's Task Force, appointed by the Mason County Commis- sion in March, says no. Task Force Chair Kelley Mc- Intosh briefed the Mason Coun- ty Commission on the progress of the committee Monday. "It is their opinion that at this point in time that not enough dollars are allocated toward it," she said at the briefing. The committee is made up of eight members, many of whom have criminal-justice back- grounds. It made its determi- nation after comparing Mason County's public-safety funding Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Kelley Mclntosh, left, chair of the Mason County Public Safety and Criminal Justice Citizen's Task Force, briefed Mason County Commissioners Tim Sheldon (not visible), Terri Jeffreys and Randy Neatherlin on Monday afternoon on the work the task force had recently accomplished. with comparable counties, such However, members of the as Clallam, Cowlitz, Grays Har- Mason County Commission bor and Lewis. raised concerns about the accu- racy of the numbers presented. McIntosh said, according to Washington State Auditor's Of- fice information, 20.3 percent of Mason County's expenditures go to public safety and the judi- cial system, the lowest among seven comparable counties. However, the numbers didn't include proposed supplemental budgets and a $1 million annual diversion from the county's road fund to public safety, commis- sioners said. The committee is now look- ing at possible revenue sources to increase county funding of public safety, McIntosh said. "I won't say this group is com- mitted to looking at new taxes," she said. "I think they're still trying to educate themselves." Commissioner Tim Sheldon suggested the task force meet with the state Department of Revenue to learn more about tax options, including levy lid shifts. "I think the citizens need to know what the ramifications would be," he said. In the future, the group plans to work with the Mason County Criminal Justice Work- ing Team, which according to the team's bylaws, represents agencies "responsible for the ad- ministration of criminal justice in Mason County." The groups could also work together to discuss priorities for funding public safety. "I think we need to figure out what is best for our commu- nity," said Jim Madsen, co-chair of the working group, and coun- ty juvenile court administrator. "Sometimes you can copy-cat (other counties), and sometimes you have to do what meets your county's needs." rv Come in and join us for BREAKFAST every SUNDAY morning. A full menu to choose from which includes coffee & juice. Everyone welcome. 9:00 am to 11:00 am 113 W. Cota, next to Huntington Glass Shelton 426-5060 THE SEPTEMBER 21" 7PM -,,,RONALO-ERNIE BLE nCKETSlSSOISSOI www.sheltoncinemas,com 24 Hour Movie Info 426-1000 th th 517 Franklin St. Shelton -- Showtimes for Aug. 29 - Sept. 4 WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL Daily 4:30 & 7:00 Additional Shows Fri - Sat 9:25 Sat - Sun - Mon 2:00 [] THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY Daily 4:10 & 6:45 Additional Shows Fri - Sat 9:15 Sat - Sun - Mon 1:30 [] 182 SE Brewer Rd. Shelton 24 Hour Movie Info (360) 426-4707 k www.SkyL!n.eDrive-ln.com Showtimes for August 29th- September Ist OPEN WEEKENDS -- Gates Open 7pm - Show at Dusk Annual Labor Day Triple Bill PLANES: How TO GUARDIANS ~lj[~ FIRE 8E TRAIN YOUR RESCUE DRAGON 2 a