Jefferson County Council strikes down $1.2 million grants to combat crime

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by Elizabeth Eisele / KMOV Staff | @ElizEisele

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 8:41 PM

(KMOV.com) --The Jefferson County Council has voted once again to turn down more than $1 million in grants to get drunk drivers off the road and help women who are victims of domestic violence.

At this week’s council meeting, five members were present to vote on $1.2 million in federal and state grants to help fight crime. Three members voted in favor of the money, but two against and a total of four votes are needed to pass.

“What other words could explain it,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Glen Boyer, “Shocked.”

Nearly $900,000 would have gone to staffing DUI check points and to find other ways to reduce fatal accidents. Last October the council rejected state grants for DUI and safety check points, but later approved DUI money.

One of the council members who voted no said he thought he was voting down the purchase of a copier.

Included in last week’s vote was a $300,000 grant to continue funding a domestic violence intervention team which Sheriff Boyer said works to reduce domestic violence crime.

“And it works,” Boyer said, “The last three years, we’ve been averaging about 100 fewer domestic violence cases per year.”

The council has scheduled an emergency meeting on Tuesday to vote on the six grants, but the domestic violence grant has to be approved and the application in by Wednesday morning or they’ll lose out on $300,000. 

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