Tom Horne's Cash for Colorado City Policing Set to Run Out, So Taxpayers Might Foot the Bill

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The "Marshal's Office" for the FLDS towns of Colorado City and Hildale on the Utah/Arizona border could become the reason for a new $420,000 burden on taxpayers.

It turns out that Attorney General Tom Horne won't continue to use his office's funds to pay the Mohave County Sheriff's Office for extra patrols in the area, after a bill that attempts to deal with the situation in Colorado City was all but killed in the state Legislature.

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Howie Fischer of Capitol Media Services reports that Horne wants taxpayer coin for the Mohave County Sheriff's Office to patrol the town, as the money he provided last year is about to run out July 1, the beginning of the budget year.

The estimate is the same as this year's -- $420,000. Horne came up with that funding from Federal Asset Sharing, federal cash that had been seized from drug dealers and whatnot.

We e-mailed the AG's spokeswoman to see why that money doesn't exist for the upcoming year, so we'll update this post when we get a response.

Colorado City previously was patrolled only by the Marshal's Office, which is believed to be loyal to self-proclaimed prophet and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs instead of the law, at least, according to Horne and a federal lawsuit from the the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, among others. The Mohave County Sheriff's Office now does patrols on top of the Marshal's Office, but has been paid by Horne's office to do so.

Republican Representative Michelle Ugenti proposed a bill this year -- similar to legislation proposed last session -- calling for local police departments to be dissolved if half of its police officers had their licenses taken away over the course of eight years. That happens to fit the description of the Marshal's Office (legislators have also cited the PD in Quartzsite), which would alleviate the need for the Sheriff's Office, presumably.

A neutered version of the bill passed the House, but it wasn't even heard in the Senate, thanks to Republican Senator Chester Crandell, Capitol Media Services reports.

So, now it looks like the state's taxpayers might be stuck with the bill, since legislators have now twice refused to do something about it.

That, or just leave the policing up to the Marshal's Office. If you don't know why that might be a bad idea, see the information on the next page.


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11 comments
deci
deci

How many arrests were made by the Sheriff's dept. last year for serious crimes like rape and robbery while the 5-6 CO city marshals stood around and did nothing? Are you saying that anyone can visit the town and rape, murder, and rob the local non-FLDS residents with impunity and the Marshall's deputies will just stand around and smile at you.

smoki
smoki

It could be worse you could live in California run by Democrats and rack up a state debt of 160 billion dollars as the politicians continue to spend spend spend and give give give... 

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

I'd rather pay money for this than for going after poor little Bisbee for their symbolic nod to equality.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I'd like to know if there is any official level of coordination between the Marshals and Mohave deputies. Or do the deputies operate as if the Marshals don't exist? Are 911 calls routed to the deputies AND the Marshals? And if both agencies respond to a call for service, which becomes the lead agency? Have the two agencies ever gotten into a disagreement regarding jurisdiction and who won the argument? Finally, because this in an interstate problem (the Marshals patrol both Colorado City and Hildale, UT), why oh why are the feds not more involved than they already are?

vaksak
vaksak

Hey, its only money. No big deal lol.

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shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Figures that a senator named Chester would want to protect the molesters.

Of course, every time you vote for an Arizona republican, you are doing the exact same thing.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

lmao Tom Horne's a bigger joke than MontyPug and dumber than Candy Andy.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

@TaxpayingVoter

Well, at least Horne got something right.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux14  Would it damage your stereotype too badly if I pointed out that it was a Republican who sponsored the bill that would have abolished the Mormon police department?


Many of the Republicans in our legislature are complete tools, as are many of the Democrats.  For some reason, the greatest minds don't seem to want to run for our legislature.

Try not to over-generalize.


loganberry8
loganberry8

@valleynative @shadeaux14  All of the republicans holding office in our state are concerned about one thing. There own self and no one else. They are all very greedy and self consuming. A bunch of scum bags.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@loganberry8 Any time you find yourself saying that all of the members of some group share some bad quality, you're stereotyping and showing that you're probably not really thinking.

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