SHELTON ,Wash. - On Friday morning, October 4, 2013, Mason County Commissioner, District #3, Terri Jeffreys spoke at the Mason County Sheriff’s Advisory Board Breakfast.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Advisory Board consists of concerned members of the community who regularly meet together to listen to Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury and his staff regarding Sheriff’s Office activities and provide valuable advice and support to the Sheriff.
Commissioner Jeffreys was very well received by the Advisory Board where she spoke of how the new Board of Commissioners have gone through the entire budget in order to cut fat, and that “there is no more fat to cut”. Commissioner Jeffreys offered up some sound ideas to help “bring money up to where it should be in order to pay for public services”.
Commissioner Jeffreys stated that she would like to examine the possibility of a levy shift in order to increase the “number of boots on the ground” as well as to review the impact to other branches of public safety and how that would affect the courts, prosecutor’s office and jail.
Commissioner Jeffreys also stated that she would like to examine the possibility of a public safety tax, that would be citizen driven, using the positive examples of Kittitas and Yakima Counties.
She believes that this tax could possibly be a revenue sharing idea so as to not cost the city of Shelton any funding, yet provide needed funding for county public safety in order to “stop the bleeding”.
Commissioner Jeffreys final thought was that in researching many counties within the state, she found one county that conducted a public safety tax which yielded positive returns, and found one county that did not participate in a public safety tax where now both citizens and politicians are wishing that they had.
Commissioner Jeffreys thanked the work that Sheriff Casey Salisbury and Undersheriff Jim Barrett have been doing on behalf of public safety.
Sheriff Salisbury continues to build strong community partnerships in order to offer the best public safety service possible.