Budget committee member: We oversee Clackamas County sheriff funds
I am writing in response to Elvis Clark's April 29 letter.
In his letter, he mistakenly states that there would be no oversight over the sheriff's levy proceeds. The sheriff's levy as well as the general fund portion of the sheriff's budget is reviewed every year, in depth, by the Budget Committee consisting of the five members on the Board of County Commission and five citizens.
I am one of those citizens, and I can assure readers that the sheriff's budget receives a high level of review each year. I have also served on the Sheriff's Enhanced Law Enforcement District Budget Committee and Advisory Committee, which Mr. Clark touts as better, even though they are established by the same state statute.
The proposed levy contains vital resources to provide public safety in Clackamas County. This funding is an integral piece of the overall sheriff's budget. This critical ballot measure funds 34 deputy patrol sheriffs, new body cameras, maintains funding for a specialized drug enforcement team and funds staffing allowing the sheriff to maintain 26 long-awaited and discussed mental health beds at the county jail.
I have confidence in the new sheriff and the Clackamas County Budget Committee to watch over these valuable resources just like they do every year.
Please join me in voting yes on Measure 3-566.
Thomas M. Feely is a resident of unincorporated north Clackamas County.
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