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January 16, 2019 Northern tier towns seek more police presence
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Washington County’s three northern tier towns – Kalona, Wellman and Riverside – Tuesday, Jan. 15, asked the county to “increase the law enforcement presence” in the communities and they are willing to pay for it.

Kalona City Administrator Ryan Schlabaugh, spokesman for the group, said the proposal is to plan for future growth and large scale events, like RAGBRAI that require more attention from officers.

The proposal, which estimates a first year cost of $195,000 for the officer (including wage, benefits, training, vehicle and equipment) to be paid by the towns based on a city formula of 80 percent property valuation and 20 percent per capita population.

If the county partners with the cities, since some of the coverage is rural, the county’s share would be $45,000, dropping the total to $150,000 shared by the four entities.

Sheriff Jared Schneider noted that the officer cost could be less if “we get a certified officer” saving on training cost.

It is estimated that the city-county partnership would see a drop to $125,000 in the second year, with an estimated $131,250 in the third year.

Schlaubaugh said the arrangement would not change the regular law enforcement contract the cities currently have, and no cost will attach to the county’s five other incorporated cities of Ainsworth, Brighton, Crawfordsville, West Chester and Coppock.

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