At the last Commissioners meeting, District Attorney Jim Martin proposed a bill, to enter into a agreement for the creation of software for the Regional Crime center. This proposal is an estimate of 2.8 million. Keep in mind that this is not a set number, just an estimate.
At present the County has 1.8 Million for this project. Although other Counties have shown interest in this project, no one has committed to anything. The project sounds good, for the exception, of the "ESTIMATED" total cost of 3.9 Million. The District Attorney indicated, that if, the additional funds are not forthcoming that they will only do what they can with available funds.
At the next meeting, I'm planning to speak against this bill for the following reasons.
1, How can you enter into an agreement for 2.8 Million when you only have 1.8 Million.
2, This is for the creation of the software only. If not completed it will be useless.
3, If things don't work out, as they are hoping, and no addition fund from Grants or other Counties work out, the argument will be "WE SPENT 1.8 Million" we can't stop now.
My thinking is ,when all the "ducks" are in a row, and all if any additional Grant money is obtained and commitments form other Counties are in place, then this should be looked at seriously. Until then, this is wishful thinking. If the estimated cost is 3.9 Million, we should really be thinking much more.
Add to this :
The wish of some to spend who knows how much on a “Regional or County Health Department “ and the Coroners wishes for a “ Forensic Lab”.
New York spent 11 Million on there Crime Center with a population of 8 Million + people and 36,000 Police officers.
Is this “Visions of Grandeur” in Lehigh County ?
spending not revenue is the problem