I have to give the Sussex County Sheriff credit for standing up for what he believes, but how many times does he have to go to court only to be told his views of what the duties of his office are is unconstitutional, including an opinion from the State’s District Attorney?
Does he realize the taxpayers are footing the bill each time he makes an appeal. His followers are mostly made up of Tea Party Supports who oppose government waste, government growth and spending?
Do his supporters know what it would cost to fund a full-time country police force? Let me put it into prospective; The town of Laurel with a police force of about 10 has a budget of $1 million dollars a year. Ten people will not cover one 8 hour shift.
Now, does anyone have an idea how that money is going to be funded; certainly not from County Council reserves, but from a tax increase to pay for the new police department.
When I worked for the county some 10 years back, I was asked by the County Administrator to check into the cost of a county-wide police force. That lasted about a week; I presented some preliminary numbers which shocked them enough to call off the idea.
I would think the Tea Party in the county would not want to burden the taxpayers with a hefty tax increase, after the country has not had an increase in 3 decades. Wouldn’t want to tarnish their anti-government image.