City of Buffalo Approves CJC Joint Powers Agreement

City of Buffalo Approves CJC Joint Powers Agreement

The Buffalo City Council approved the draft agreement with the county on the Criminal Justice Center Joint Powers Board at their meeting Tuesday.

The agreement has been more than two years in the making, with drafts and re-writes being passed back and forth between the two entities.

The new agreement was drafted in response to the new criminal justice center now under construction, to define what each entity's responsibilities would be. The county will own 82% of the building and the city will own 18%, and expenses and costs will either be split evenly, or a 60/40 split as they are now, or at an 82/18 percent split depending on the expenditure.

The agreement was approved by the county commission earlier Tuesday and then approved by the city later in the day.

Some discussion concerning percentages of responsibilities for operating costs and expenses was entertained, but eventually the existing percentages were approved to apply to the new criminal justice center. Mayor Randy Dyess explains.

And according to Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman, operating costs will be split and worked out between the police department and sheriff's office under an existing agreement that both law enforcement bodies are satisfied with.

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