County, town hope to resolve sheriff’s contract by July; Town eyes 5-year agreement
By ELAINE MARSHALL
At a joint meeting Tuesday between the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and Truckee Town Council, supervisors asked that the sheriff’s office and town resolve contract negotiations by the end of the month.
Normally the agreement is renewed annually but the town and the sheriff’s department are working on a five-year agreement. The county charges Truckee $2 million a year for law enforcement services.
“The issues holding things up have to do with how officers’ time is tracked, insurance and whether the town is credited for specific state revenues that go to the county,” said Town Manager Steve Wright. “There’s about a dozen different issues.”
Currently, officers keep logbooks on where they are during the day. The county charges Truckee based on these logs. Wright said the town would like to see deputy time tracked through dispatches for services.
“We believe it’s a more accurate methodology,” Wright said. “The county thinks the other method is more accurate. In the last several years officers’ logs have been several percentage points in favor of the county.”
The county also charges the town a flat rate for sheriff’s department insurance, but Wright said its method of charging changes from year to year. The town wants to establish a consistent method.
Truckee currently pays $27,000 a year toward the department’s insurance, and the town is objecting to the newest proposal.
“The latest proposal from the county is that we pay slightly more and assume a deductible of $25,000 per claim,” Wright said.
Also at issue is the funneling of state revenues under Proposition 172 to local law enforcement.
“The county is taking the position that Truckee is not eligible for those funds,” Wright said. “It could mean a difference of about $100,000 a year for the town.”
The feasibility of creating a Truckee police department has been studied in the past. Findings showed that a local police department would cost about the same as paying for county sheriff’s services, plus start up costs.
But it’s not a direction the town is looking. Wright said contract disagreements are likely to be resolved.
“The contract can be worked out,” he said.
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