Budget battle brewing in Klamath Falls

, Posted: Mon, February 17 2014 at 11:41 PM, Updated: Mon, February 17 2014 at 11:46 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- A budget battle is brewing between the Klamath County Sheriff and the board of commissioners.

Sheriff Frank Skrah said last week that drastic cuts in patrols and jail capacity will result from $2-million in proposed cuts.

Commissioner Tom Mallams says using county road funds to fill the gap isn't the answer "No, the road funds have been tapped in for the last 2 years, and actually this year again - 3.7 over the last 2, and another half a million this year - which may have to be paid back some day."

The commissioners are reviewing a draft budget submitted by the Sheriff last Friday.

Klamath County budget hearings will begin in mid-March.

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