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Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:34 am, Fri Nov 16, 2012.

The Kootenai County commissioners announced Tuesday that they will delay the public hearing on the proposed county budget, originally scheduled for tonight.

The driving reason for the delay, said Commissioner Rick Currie, is to give the commissioners time to reconsider the proposed 1 percent tax hike.

"We are anticipating taking the 1 percent away," said Currie, who had initially opposed the increase. "That would be my hope."

After further discussions, the commissioners plan to publish a new proposed budget before the public hearing, scheduled now for 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 in Room 1 of the Kootenai County Administration Building.

Currie said he believes that even without the tax increase to bring in an extra $372,104, the county can still find other revenue sources to balance the budget.

"I think if we move some stuff around, we might be able to do it," Currie said.

The commissioners will also retool other items in the $71,872,236 proposed budget, Currie said, though he wouldn't specify which.

He doesn't anticipate reconsidering funding for the sheriff's department, Currie said, even though Sheriff Rocky Watson has threatened to sue the county over his department being underfunded.

"I would be surprised if we made adjustments there," Currie said.

Commissioner Todd Tondee said the officials have already been successful in trimming the budget, though there is more work to come.

"I think we're close to a little over a $1.5 million reduction in our budget," he said. "It's very favorable that we'll have no tax increase."

The reduction resulted both from correcting some budget numbers and altering the fund balance, Tondee said.

"We've been going over it and over it and over it," he said. "We understand that with the economy, people are really suffering, and we're trying to do everything we can to not have a tax increase."

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  • idahoguy posted at 6:05 am on Wed, Aug 18, 2010.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Let me say this... if a person did not know it ammunition is very expensive. Ask anyone who shoots how much it has gone up and now costs. Try about .50 per round up to $1.00 per round. There is a firing range near south Athol / north Hayden area west of Highway 95. The law enforcement officers use it a lot along with other ones both indoor and outdoor.

    We can hear hundreds and thousands of rounds being fired down there weekly. Yes that many and fully automatic to boot. I think they have a front end loader to remove the mountains of brass? Problem is they are lousy shots if they need 1/10 that much practice and training. So fire them and hire someone who can shoot and remember how to.

    Law enforcement is not the military and they do not need to burn up so darn much ammo to write you tickets for speeding all day long. How about the County limit the rounds WE pay for to one box of 20 per month. I shoot and have all my life. I can group my pistol tight at 25 yards and a rifle at 100 yards any old day around my place out here. I also do not shoot every month...and if i do shoot it is not a whole bunch.

    I guess I just have learned how to remember to do it and try to do it with as few rounds as possible because I am paying not only for my rounds but the mountain of rounds they burn up trying to learn how to shoot. Cut the bullet count to the City/County and State and help balance the budget and things will also be a lot more quiet out here.

  • TakeBackTheUSA posted at 5:28 am on Wed, Aug 18, 2010.

    TakeBackTheUSA Posts: 765

    Politicians love to TALK how they're going to do this or that, but never do. This is all BS. Trust me, they'll never do it. It's all media misdirection.

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