The levy, which will cost tax payers just over $100 million over the next four years, will go towards the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Juvenile Department.
“During these tough economic times, for people to say yes to that, I’m very appreciative,” said Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley. “And we’ll continue to do the best job we can as a Sheriff’s Office to keep Linn County safe.”
More than three-quarters of the funds will go to the Sheriff’s Office, which will allow the jail to open 48 more beds for inmates. The department will also be able to hire eight deputies at the jail and at least two more deputies in its criminal division.
“Our office has a 30-year tradition with a law enforcement levy,” Riley said. “And now we are 52% funded by the levy, so it’s really a big deal for us and our ability to provide public safety for Linn County.”
Riley says Linn County deputies respond to every call they receive, and the levy will allow them to continue patrolling around the clock.
“There are some agencies that can’t do that,” he said. “And that personal service is very important to me. As Sheriff, I want to continue that. So restoring those criminal deputy positions will enable us to continue that.”