Kingman, other cities get flood reprieve

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This uprooted century plant near Harvard Street was said by a neighbor to be a casualty of the recent rainstorms.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br> This uprooted century plant near Harvard Street was said by a neighbor to be a casualty of the recent rainstorms.

Mohave County's four major cities won't lose flood control money to the county sheriff's office this year, thanks to a request from District 2 Supervisor Tom Sockwell.

Before representatives from Lake Havasu and Bullhead cities could lobby the Board to eliminate or reduce the funding cuts, Sockwell asked that the county budget be amended to allow the four cities to receive their full share of the flood control dollars.

Recent storms in Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City have caused havoc and the cities are in need of the funds, he said.

County Manager Ron Walker asked Sockwell if he wanted the county to take the brunt of the $700,00 sweep from its flood control funds.

"Yes," Sockwell said.

The Board of Supervisors had considered cutting some of the funding to Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and Colorado City, as well as the county flood control department, TV District and Library District in July in order to cover a $1 million shortfall in the Mohave County Sheriff's Office's budget.

County Financial Services Director John Timko told the Board in July that sheriff's office was looking at more than $1 million in budget cuts, which would have led to the loss of at least 17 deputies and impacted public safety.

The plan at that time was to sweep more than $900,000 from the special taxing districts, including $142,000 from the Library District, more than $142,500 from the TV District and $700,000 from the Flood Control District.

The cut in funds to the Flood Control District would have been split among the county and the four major cities, he said. The county would have lost more than $320,000 in funds from the district, Bullhead City will lose around $104,000, Lake Havasu City $198,000, Kingman $74,000 and Colorado City $2,000.

District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson said he supported Sockwell's request.

Board Chairman Buster Johnson did not. The cities weren't the only ones who had flood control issues that needed to be taken care of, he said.

The Board voted two-to-one to approve an amendment to the budget to give the cities the full amount of flood control funds allotted to them.

Johnson voted against the amendment.

The Board then unanimously approved the county budget.