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County Commissions objects to crimes costs


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) -  Some members of the Minnehaha County Commission today voiced concern over shouldering the lion’s share of public safety costs.

Commissioner John Pekas advised Sioux Falls Police to consider writing a citation instead of making an arrest.  Pekas says the county doesn't have to process city citations but a jail stay cost the county. 

Commissioner Gerald Beninga says while the commission appreciates growth he doesn't think one government should have to bear the all criminal costs.            

The crime issue came up when Sioux Falls City Councilor, and mayoral candidate, Greg Jamison offered assistance to the Commission.