By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Polk logs 800 calls during no-service hours

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"so far, voters have been unwilling to pass a local levy to take up some of the slack and restore some of the services." The vast majority of voters and taxpayers in Polk County live within the incorporated city limits of Dallas, Salem, Independence and Monmouth.....and we already pay much higher taxes for our own municipal police services. Paying even higher taxes for Sheriff's patrols that will only benefit those that live outside the cities, doesn't make sense.

When I was looking over the Polk County budget, I was surprised to see that the three elected County Commissioners take a combined $300,000 out of the county budget in pay and benefits. I would like to see that money spent on three more full times deputies, adding another 40 hours of patrol coverage to each week. A person truly wanting to serve their community as an elected official should be willing to do so without compensation. Maybe I'm just uninformed on what actual benefits these three full time, $100,000 a year commissioners are bringing to Polk County.


Every time the Yamhill County Sheriffs Office responds to one of these calls, The citizens of Yamhill County pays for it!!! So where is the incentive for Polk Co. citizens to fund their own Sheriffs Office, when they are getting free Law Enforcement from the surrounding Counties and OSP

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