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County to hire additional staff to handle weapons permits

Commissioners on Tuesday approved the hiring of part-time staffers to help process weapons carry permits in the Probate Court.

Probate Judge Chris Ballar said permit applications are on pace to nearly double last year's total, after recent mass shootings and Second Amendment debates.

The surge has not only created long lines but a backlog in processing other documents, including birth, marriage and death certificates, he said.

Commissioners approved a $39,000 budget amendment to allow for four part-time, temporary staffers to address the issue.

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wdp 11 months, 3 weeks ago

This is the type of increased taxpayer spending that should be paid for via a user fee -- has the Board increased the fee to apply for gun permits, carry permits?

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notblind 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I bet the people applying for permits ARE taxpayers. Their taxes pay for the staffing of the government. The staff is there to serve the taxpayers. The permits are NOT free so the seekers are paying an additional tax to take advantage of this opportunity the government has thoughtfully provided :rolleyes:

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Reason 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thirty-nine grand for four part-time staff does not equal the need for a user fee increase. The number of recent permits issued should cover the staff. If the rate of applicants decreases, the temporary positions can be taken off line, as required.

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kevin 11 months, 3 weeks ago

government looks for ways to increase their "pot." It has to come from taxpayers. I wonder if folks can use food stamps for these permits?

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