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Supervisors nullify weapons ban

By Linda Wenger | Jan 17, 2011

    The Washington County Board of Supervisors nullified a resolution banning firearms and dangerous weapons from county buildings and property Tuesday morning. Board Chairman Jim Miksch cast the lone no vote. The nullification passed on a 4-to-1 vote.

    Last week Miksch said that he knows there are individuals on the fringe who would not be deterred by the ban. However, he said he believes “many residents would obey the resolution.” He is concerned about a person who might use a weapon in the “heat of the moment.”

    “There are people out there who shouldn’t have guns,” Miksch said on Jan. 11.

    He also said he hopes a tragedy doesn’t occur. If a tragedy did occur, a supervisor might say, “I wish I had done something different.”

    Today, Supervisor Adam Mangold quickly made a motion to approve a new resolution nullifying the one passed Dec. 28, 2010.

    “I think we have discussed it at length,” he said, and that he didn’t have any more to say.

    Supervisor Wes Rich seconded the motion immediately following Mangold’s motion.

    A roll call vote is needed to pass a resolution.

    County Treasurer Jeff Garrett presented a semiannual Statement of Accounts by Funds.

    Garrett said the county took in approximately $938,000 in local option sales tax revenue at the end of fiscal year 2010. This year’s revenue may be down to $923,000.

    The gambling tax coming to the county was about $426,000 at the end of fiscal year 2010. Garrett said this year’s revenue from gambling taxes would be about the same.

For the full story, see the Jan. 18 edition of The Washington Evening Journal

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