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8/29/2013 6:01:00 AM
Editorial: Feds' cutbacks hit home here
The Daily Courier

Yavapai County looks to lose some significant income. It's akin to a family losing one of its paychecks, but not quite.

The U.S. Marshal's Office contacted Sheriff Scott Mascher last week to say it will stop using beds in the county's Camp Verde jail. In prior years, that has equated to more than $2 million annually.

The good news is, because the county knew the program could end at any time, the Board of Supervisors did not factor that revenue into any of its budgetary planning, District 1 Supervisor Rowle Simmons said this week.

However, that doesn't diminish the loss of the program, and the exact impact to the county has yet to be determined. "Whatever it is, it's going to be a lot of money," he said.

So, we're looking at a loss of millions of dollars to house non-violent, minor crime classification offenders at the jail. In the past, the money allowed the county to staff at least that part of the jail (meaning job losses may be coming); allowed the YCSO to buy new technology equipment for offsite-booking services; and enabled the county to keep jail operations out of the general fund.

"We are going to have to figure out if we need additional money out of the general fund in the future," county Administrator Phil Bourdon said.

It sounds like the county has been ahead of the curve, anticipating this potential loss of revenue.

At the same time, the decrease in money could hamper a new jail project, which has been bantered about for years in the Prescott area.

With the federal government doing this for efficiency, the trickle-down effect goes this way for District 4 Supervisor Craig Brown: "It was kind of like a savings account that is now gone."

Like any government, business or family, that loss could spell trouble for operations, maintenance - even taxes.

We certainly hope not.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, September 01, 2013
Article comment by: O. Delilah

Fewer prisoners means no need for a new jail. In a sane society, that would be seen as a GOOD thing.

Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

@Tom Steele, In the very same sentence, you both blame Obama for the sequester and act as though he does not deserve credit for it. What a funny creature you are.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Lena Obama Is The Issue

The Neophyte is over four years into is Presidency and does not work well with others.

Leaders have the skill to work with others and find common ground. They do not look for political cover. This country is floundering due to Obama, not obstructionist.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

And I can't wait until Comrade Barrack take's credit for the reduction in our deficit from the sequester. And you liberals remember it was Obama who offered the sequester in the first place. It's way past time we wean people off the government teats.

Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013
Article comment by: Johnny get your gun

At least we have the $$ to drop bombs on Syria!

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Radiate a Cheep Aroma

@Where's Gosar?
Gosar is too busy with 'decision first, then environmental review' and obstructing the coalition of tribes, environmental and other stakeholders (actually threatened to block any agreement by asserting his "plenary powers" as Congress over the tribes.)

The 'federal action' of the land exchange, near Superior for the mining corporation is the thing that triggers the environmental review, including the economic assessment to evaluate whether it's a good deal, and to consider the alternatives. "Sentence first, then trial!" about sums it up.

Wish it were otherwise, but that's the deal we got.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Where's Gosar?

When the sequestration took effect, our insightful Congressman went on ad nauseum about how insignificant an impact it would have. (He also championed going over the fiscal cliff.) He squealed, of course, when FEMA denied the state's request for reconstruction dollars for Yarnell.

-- Moderate, independent, and proud of it

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: First time for everything!

First time in history since Ronnie Raygun first incorporated the 'trickle down theory' as economic 'policy', that it's actually worked! Enjoy, you Republicon-can'ts-and won'ts~!

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

Hey, this is a strongly Republican area, so here at least, this is definitely what the people wanted. So let them have it.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: This

"And whose brilliant idea was sequestration?"

Republicans say this all the time, and it's getting a little old. The GOP House tenaciously clings to the sequester and refuses to even consider modifying or replacing it, while at the same time they continue to cry out that it was all "Obama's idea" and that they had nothing to do with it.

The reason Obama was forced to come up with that "idea" was that the GOP House at the time was holding the nation hostage and threatening to throw the global financial markets into chaos by refusing to raise the debt limit if Obama wouldn't come up with some "idea" for cuts that they would accept. Of course the only idea they would accept was the sequester, which they eagerly grabbed and have hung onto ever since.

Now the GOP House is again threatening to throw the economy into chaos by not raising the debt limit if Obama won't come up with some new "idea" for cutting even more deeply. (They refuse to put forth any such ideas themselves.) This time Obama is refusing to negotiate the debt limit with hostage takers, so we'll see what happens.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Pistol Pete

For "border control" why don't we start building our military facilities along our borders, this would discourage anyone to trespass. It might work.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Baker

To Lena Sanchez: And whose brilliant idea was sequestration?

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Puzo was so right

Never tell anyone outside the family what you're thinking.
The story never changes, just the customs get passed around.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: Lena Sanchez

If the obstructionist House of Rep and GOP senate members had not filibustered almost 300 bills covering the countries bills, we would not be facing all the job losses and education, government and state funds cut off! The sequester did not have to take effect, which is responsible for doing this! There has been tax revenue excess since May but you wouldn't know it by the things going on. Congress is failing the people! Sadly, even if you spoke to our representatives or senators they aren't listening only following a crazy party that is set on revenging!

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: What The?

So we are going to have more vacant beds in the Verde jail.

"At the same time, the decrease in money could hamper a new jail project, which has been bantered about for years in the Prescott area."

Only hamper the new jail project? .....^*#!!!? This begs the question, why would we need another newer, bigger jail in Prescott? IT SHOULD KILL THE NEW PRESCOTT JAIL PROJECT.

Selling oranges at five for a dollar and buying them at 25 cents each. Yep, we need a bigger jail, er, I mean truck.

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Article comment by: There You Go Again

Courier: There you go again, a 'wishin' and a hopin'. You said 'We certainly hope not.' This is typical of how leftists approach government. 'We hope we get good government'. Mr. Simmons and the Board of Supervisors competently planned ahead and did not depend on the Federal government. Courier: You need to recommend to the voters the candidates and issues to support to help us NOT depend on the Federal government. Then we do not need to 'hope' they act in a certain way. The truth is that our founding fathers wisely set up the federal government in a very limited way. We have strayed from their wisdom and are paying for that wayward foolishness. We ‘depend’ on the federal government for way too many handouts and giveaways, transferring wealth and money from the producers to the non-producers. Our loss of moral and ethical foundation is at the heart of why we ‘need’ this support (legal theft) moving assets from workers to non-workers.

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