The Teton County Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 to provide the Teton County Sheriff’s Office with $80,000 to replace two older K-9 vehicles.
According to Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr, the sheriff’s office has issues with two high-mileage K-9 vehicles and, in his words, “I’m not convinced they can remain serviceable until next year’s budget cycle.”
One of those vehicles was constantly overheating, he said, and the other was among the older sheriff’s office vehicles.
Earlier this year, the sheriff’s office asked the county board for three vehicles — two for the sheriff’s office and one for Teton County Search and Rescue. The board approved only the latter, Carr said, but the sheriff’s office still needed two replacement K-9 vehicles.
So he asked commissioners at the Tuesday meeting to add $80,000 to the sheriff’s office capital budget after $150,536 was removed during the budgetary process.
The board then unanimously approved the transfer of $80,000 from the county contingency fund, which County Clerk Maureen Murphy said had $2.1 million in it, to the sheriff’s budget.