I have to take a minute to clarify, the Indy called for a comment however due to issues with the phone system I did not get message. Therefore they used comments I gave to them in November 2012. My comments were not made this year. Bill
I was not aware that I had been called by the Indy to comment on this article but I will take the opportunity to respond.
In November of 2012, as the tax was being voted on, I told the Indy that I wouldn't commit to future support for the tax measure without seeing how it was ultimately being spent, that I felt I could find efficiencies within the budget.
I can say today that I have been impressed with how the tax has been applied by Sheriff Maketa and his staff. Personnel and equipment needs, which have gone unfunded for years, are now being addressed as quickly as possible. It takes considerable time to recruit, hire, train and equip sworn law enforcement personnel. This career field isn't for everyone and not everyone hired makes it through the entire process.
The effects of 1A will take additional time to fully measure but should continue to prove to be an enormous benefit to our community for many years. 1A has and will continue to provide much needed budgetary relief to more than the Sheriff's Office as Commissioner Glenn says. The far reaching effects on the Pikes Peak region may not be fully realized for some years. 1A can provide some relief.
Provided this tax has a continued regional application in future years and continues to have the desired effect of reducing crime and response times, I fully support its extension beyond the 2020 sunset and as is the case now, I will continue to seek public input into its future use. I can't afford to wait to plan for the sunset, I have a plan that I am developing to address the matter. I have committed to conservatively manage the budget and will look for ways to create efficiencies everywhere possible throughout the organization. As I have in private business, I will look for maximum service for every dollar spent.
The 1A tax is being applied to everyone in the region and I am committed to a regional approach to public safety. I am already working with the regions public safety leaders, private entity partners and community leaders. We are identifying needs and creating opportunities where we as a community can improve the delivery of public safety services, enhance our disaster preparedness response and improve the overall quality of life throughout all of El Paso County. Together we will build a safe and vibrant community.
To learn more about me and my vision for the Sheriff's Office go to my website at www.elder4sheriff.com and see why trusted law enforcement officials and community leaders from around the region endorse me. There is no substitute for law enforcement experienced leadership!
Candidate for El Paso County Sheriff
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