Tuesday, January 09, 2018
TKC EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW!!! SCREAMING MATCH BETWIXT PROSECUTOR MEAN JEAN'S OFFICE VS. EXEC TEAM FRANK WHITE THREATENS TO COST JACKSON COUNTY TAXPAYERS BIG BUCKS!!!
This is just a preview and we'll have more on this tense Jackson County struggle for control of the COMBAT anti-crime program . . .
There are many who don't understand the scope of COMBAT - Here's a quick overview of the massive taxpayer effort:
"The Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (COMBAT) is supported by a County-wide sales tax, at the rate of 0.25% for a period of 9 years, used solely for the purpose of the arrest and prosecution, incarceration, treatment and prevention of drug related offenses and violent crimes; and the judicial processing of adult and juvenile violators of such offenses. Anti-Crime Sales Tax funds annually generate over $19 million and are used throughout the county to support these efforts."
For now, let's look at the immediate implication of this Courthouse battle . . .
JACKSON COUNTY INSIDERS FEAR AN EXPENSIVE FIGHT AND COURTHOUSE GRIDLOCK AS THE DEBATE OVER COMBAT ANTI-CRIME LEADERSHIP NOW MOVES TOWARD A LEGAL FIGHT!!!
The harsh words in yesterday's session now have denizens inside the courthouse searching for cover and getting ready for another set of EPIC payments to lawyers.
"Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will need outside counsel to represent her along with the Legislature and Executive Frank White's office will also require legal representation. The Taxpayers are going to be stuck with a bill that is going to cost hundreds of thousands WHEN this thing goes to court. In the meantime, that's money we could be spending on desperately needed repairs to the jail, for the crime program in question or any number of needs that we have on the docket."
Meanwhile . . .
What we've seen here is the Legislature unified in their criticism and opposition of the Exec Frank White's Administration. While these politicos don't have the same kind of name ID or recognition, they're making the case among their constituents that returning COMBAT to the Prosecutor's office will provide greater transparency and accountability to the taxpayer funded program.
The arguments of Exec White's Team simply call the move "unlawful" and are now moving to a court challenge of the Legislature as they lash out at the Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.
Developing . . .