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Nov 7, 2012 1:35 AM by Andy Koen

Sheriff thankful for voters support of tax increase

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says he can't thank voters enough for helping pass Ballot Issue 1A. The 0.0023 percent sales tax increase will generate an estimated $17 million dollars a year for the sheriff's office for the next 8 years. The money will pay the salaries of extra patrol deputies and jail deputies as well as equipment upgrades.

"It's a very good feeling and the spirits are up throughout our office in the last 5-6 weeks, I could just feel this sense of hope building and the optimism that was building, it all came together so well," Maketa said.

The popular 3rd term sheriff said he didn't push for the tax increase this year because he felt safe from re-election concerns.

"No, not really," Maketa said. "It was one of those things where I told people that it certainly is something I believed in and if I didn't we all know I have two more years to go, I could have easily coasted through and left these problems for the next administration and I just felt too strongly and I heard too many stories about the shortages of our deputies."

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