The Buffalo County Law Enforcement Committee has called for use of some $500,000 of CapX2020 environmental impact fees to pay for sheriff's department upgrades and increased jail staffing.
First priority, the committee said, was using money to hire more personnel to go from two to three dispatcher/jailers on duty 24 hours a day in the sheriff's office.
Dist. 14 County Supervisor Mary Anne McMillan Urell said money coming from power company fees was best spent on upgrading county infrastructure.
Buffalo County Sheriff Mike Schmidtknecht says state jail inspectors for years have flagged liability risks of short staffing in jail corrections and dispatcher services.
The county is promised some 2.35 million dollars from environmental fees paid by power companies for running a new high-voltage transmission line through parts of the county from Alma south to La Crosse.