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Verbatim: Paulding County Sheriff speaks out about potential operating levy

Over the past two weeks, I have traveled all over the county speaking with my constituents in regards to a potential operating levy being placed on the November 2014 ballot. I have come to the conclusion, after speaking with the commissioners, that this upcoming election is not the best time to place a levy in front of the voters.

I have heard from some really good people along the way and taken their concerns to heart. The vast majority of the 180 residents that attended one of the meetings support putting a levy on this election. There were several folks that voiced their opposition, and I appreciated hearing their concerns.

For those residents that spoke up about putting this on the ballot and letting the voters decide, I understand, but my heart tells me this is the right thing to do at this time. Rest assured my staff will continue to work with the numbers and keep the public informed. I will continue to work hard on the best deal for Paulding County.

I was able to benefit from these meetings by taking away some very important concerns from the public. I will work on those concerns and continue to evaluate the need for our jail as time goes by. By working together as a community we will be better informed and continue to make Paulding County a better place to live.

Sheriff Jason K. Landers