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City charging county, more for dispatching

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- What the City of McCook will charge Red Willow County for having dispatched the county sheriff's officers during 2011-2012 will raise by $19,072.

During their weekly meeting Monday morning, county commissioners discussed briefly a letter from McCook Police Chief Isaac Brown telling them that the city will charge the county $59,973 for dispatching services during 2011-12.

This compares with $40,901 paid for dispatching in 2010-11.

Brown explained in his letter that 15 percent of the dispatching center's total function was performed for the sheriff's department, and that the county is therefore responsible for 15 percent of the dispatching center's costs.

"This is a pet peeve of mine," commission chairman Earl McNutt said. " ... paying each other for services we could provide at a reasonable cost ..."

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Seems fair if 15 percent is county calls then the county pays 15....which is just the cost to operate. Sounds like the county was getting the service at below cost for years.

-- Posted by dennis on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 3:00 PM

well mayor dennis would say that as the city has put the county in a vise for years and just continues to squeeze

-- Posted by g-man on Tue, Jul 17, 2012, at 3:26 PM

I don't see the issue? If the County used 15% then the County should pay 15%. What's fair is fair.

-- Posted by Rural Citizen on Wed, Jul 18, 2012, at 7:54 AM

Gman, please give an example of how" the city put the county in a vice for years and continues to squeeze."

-- Posted by dennis on Wed, Jul 18, 2012, at 7:57 AM

Not to get off topic, but is the city cutting any positions since the police department will be getting out of the jail business? Will they need as many dispatcher/jailers and police officers as they have now? Not saying they need to make cuts and not hoping to see anyone lose their job. Just curious.

-- Posted by bntheredunthat on Wed, Jul 18, 2012, at 10:11 PM

Doubt any cuts as dispatchers were jailers also since there were limited number of inmates.

-- Posted by dennis on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 7:44 AM

well denis I doubt that the jailors were acting as dispatchers at the same time so there will be a lower costs on the police payroll because the ones that were doing the jailors dutys won't be on the clock anymore for that? Cost obviously need to be reduced without the holding cells so how muck will that save and is it considdered to be removed for the 2013 budget?

-- Posted by BTWinecleff on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 2:40 PM

Btw....wrong! Because the prisoner count was low.zero,one or two, the dispatchers served as jailers at the same time.

-- Posted by dennis on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 5:45 PM

15 percent of the cost for 15 percent of the use.

It takes a true politician for this not make perfect sense.

-- Posted by Diatheke on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 12:08 PM

that can't be right dennis. there is no way to know if 0 or 15 people will be broght in on any night and a pearson that has to be there to answer 911 calls can't be out getting a glass of water for a prisoner and leave the phones un answered. there had to be more than 1 person doing both those jobs or 911 calls would go unanswered. that's either not right or the police department is not being realistic about what hapens when a run of prisoners flood in.

-- Posted by BTWinecleff on Thu, Jul 26, 2012, at 11:53 AM

Dennis? BTWinecleff's statement seems reasonable. What do you have to say about that?

-- Posted by Sandra M on Sun, Jul 29, 2012, at 10:59 PM

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