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Growing Number Of Criminal Cases Put Strain On County Budget

February 12, 2014, 11:58 AM by Ben Dunsmoor

Growing Number Of Criminal Cases Put Strain On County Budget
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The growing number of criminal cases in Minnehaha County is putting a strain on the county budget and could lead to higher taxes.

It's one of the biggest issues Minnehaha County Commissioners face right now with a county jail that's bursting at the seams and a state's attorney’s office that is overloaded with cases.

The county will likely have to build a new multimillion dollar jail in the next few years but the growth in property taxes isn't keeping up with the rise in crime on the county level.

At the same time, city resources are increasing as sales tax revenues rise. This means more spending on police officers who are arresting criminals and putting them in the crowded county jail.

Coming up tonight on KELOLAND News, we're going to look at the gap between county and city funding and how officials want to solve the growing crime problem in Sioux Falls.

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