Ever since the justice levy for the county was voted down in 2012, the community has held an ongoing discussion about crime, prevention, funding, and what the ‘right’ levels should be. While we try to work out a solution that improves the situation, restores a sustainable level of justice system presence in the county, and doesn’t break the budget there is no question crime has risen significantly across the county.
There is a segment of the population that is capitalizing on the lack of enforcement and lack of sheriff presence. There is also a growing segment of the population falling prey to an alarming rise in drug-related crimes, either by getting caught in the cycle of addiction, or as victims of those addicts. Without law enforcement, prosecution, or local treatment facilities, the drug problem in our area is growing at an accelerating rate.