Photo by Hubble Ray Smith.
KINGMAN – After a record-setting nine-hour meeting that included comments from nearly 50 citizens and four proposals that failed, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 Monday evening to pass the final budget for next year with no increase in the property tax rate and no additional money for the sheriff’s department.
It was a huge disappointment for Sheriff Doug Schuster and about 20 deputies who lined the back two rows of the nearly packed auditorium at the County Administration Building.
“I’m disappointed for my staff and I’m even more disappointed for the citizens of Mohave County,” Schuster said after the vote. “We’re spending millions of dollars when we’re down 20 to 30 positions. It’s just a repetitive cycle we’ll continue to try to break.”
In the end it was Supervisor Gary Watson’s motion that won the vote, with Supervisor Hildy Angius opposed because she was insistent on funding the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office for $1.6 million to address wage “compression” issues.
The final budget presented by Finance Director Coral Loyd totaled $281.9 million, with $89.8 million going to the general fund.
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