September 3, 2018

Border Grants on Pima Supervisors Agenda Yet Again

Board has delayed finalizing acceptance of the federal grants for more than six months.

Pima County Board of Supervisors hero The Pima County Board of Supervisors at a March 20, 2018 meeting. (PHOTO: Zac Ziegler, AZPM)

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors will yet again take up the issue of funding from a pair of grants from federal law enforcement programs to the county sheriff's department on Tuesday.

The topics of nearly $2 million in grants from Operation Stonegarden and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program have been continued in several supervisors meetings over the past six months.

The most recent delay came in an Aug. 7 meeting. Supervisors decided to delay a vote until Tuesday's meeting to allow the Community Law Enforcement Partnership Commission to meet first.

At that meeting, commission members voted 4-1 to encourage the supervisors to accept the HIDTA grant.

A memo signed by the commission's chair and co-chair noted an impasse on the Stonegarden money.

"After several attempts to arrive at a decision, Commissioners were unable to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors [regarding the Stonegarden grants]."

A draft version of the meeting's minutes notes several votes that would have approved a recommendation while keeping the commission's oversight in place, but none received enough votes.

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