Supervisors seek money for services

The Board of Supervisors is looking to get its money back from the state and prevent it from pushing the cost of more services down to the county level.

The Board will consider hiring an attorney to support the notice of claim the county sent to the Arizona Attorney General's Office protesting the sweeping of Highway User Revenue Funds and a $1.4 million contribution to the state coffers from the county's general fund.

Board Chairman Buster Johnson has also requested the Board consider establishing a temporary moratorium on accepting new roads into the county's road maintenance system until HURF funds are restored.

According to Johnson, the state swept about $3.5 million from the HURF funds the county was supposed to receive for the 2009 to 2012 fiscal years. The county is expecting less than $10 million in HURF funds next year. Because of the sweeps, the county had to curtail maintenance and improvements to existing county roads and doesn't have the funds to take care of new roads.

The Board will also consider a request from Deputy County Manager of Criminal Justice Services Dana Hlavac to send a letter to the Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer requesting that the state revoke a bill that would allow the state to shift prisoners serving one year or less from state prisons to county jails.

According to information provided to the Board, the shift could cost the county $1.5 million to $2 million. The letter has already been signed by County Attorney Matt Smith, Sheriff Tom Sheahan, County Public Defender John Pecchia, County Recorder Carol Meier, County Treasurer Melissa Havatone and County Assessor Ron Nicholson.

The Board will also consider a request to allow Child Protective Services to use an office in the county's multi-use facility in Colorado City. Child Protective Services is asking to use one office with a data and phone line at least three days a week and access to a conference room when needed.

The Board will also consider a request from Hospital District No. 1 of Mohave County to hold an election for three board members in March. The district board helps run Kingman Regional Medical Center. Each Board member is elected to a four-year term. The three members who have terms expire in 2012 are Daniel Wynkoop, Dr. John Lingenfelter and Donna Pederson.

An amendment to a vehicle purchase agreement will also be under consideration by the Board. Last month, the Board approved the purchase of 46 new vehicles from various local and state dealers.

The Board meets at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.