Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sheriff's budget boost reasonable request

Another 10 bucks a year?

If that’s what it costs Manatee County homeowners like us to maintain the reassuring presence of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, it’s a deal.

Friday’s 5-2 vote by the Manatee County Commission to tentatively approve another $2 million in funding for Sheriff Brad Steube to hire 20 additional deputies wasn’t what I’d call a slam dunk.

Not in a time or place where the words “tax increase” are political poison.

Our commissioners are politicians, afterall.

But when it comes to public safety, it’s not something you can affix to a dollar sign.

How could they not vote for the proposal when the numbers in the sheriff’s requested increase were so reasonable?

It’s less than $1 a month.

Read more in Sunday's Mannix About Manatee.

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