Voters Reject Levy To Fund Jackson County, Ohio Sheriff's Department


JACKSON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Jackson County voters have said no to a levy that would have helped to fund the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

That comes as a disappointment to Keith Jackson. He lives about 15 minutes from the county seat, but he said it might as well be a world away when it comes to seeing law enforcement on a regular basis.

"I've had this outbuilding broken into at least three times," Adkins said. "I don't even like to leave my house anymore. But, I leave my dogs and we've got some security."

Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier said he received more than $600,000 for his 2013 budget before having to go before the County Commission to request $150,000 more. Now, he's worried the 2014 budget will bring cuts.

"I've heard they (Jackson County Commission) told the state auditor they plan to cut me at the knees," Frazier said. "I'm not worried about equipment that I can get. I'm just worried about money to pay the current manpower and put gas in the cruisers."

Frazier said his his department currently has eight full-time deputies, two part-time deputies, three full-time dispatchers, an evidence technician and an office secretary. His goal is to have two deputies on the road during every shift but admits that can't always happen.

"I was hoping the additional money of the levy, would have allowed me to hire at least three more full-time deputies," Frazier said, "but because it failed with low voter turnout in an off-year election, that's not going to happen."


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