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UK helps RSS tackle serious crime and corruption

first_imgColleen Wainwright (left) and Grantley Watson after signing the Memorandum of UnderstandingThe RSS and UK have joined forces to set up an Asset Recovery Unit which will tackle serious organised crime and corruption. The Asset Recovery Unit will be based at the RSS headquarters at Paragon, Christ Church and will support the RSS in building sustainable regional capacity in asset recovery.The Unit is being funded by the UK’s development agency, the Department for International Development (DFID), which has committed £2.4 m as part of its £17m Anti-Corruption Programme for the region.A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) setting out the agreement between the RSS and DFID was signed on 19 November by Grantley Watson, Executive Director of the RSS, and Colleen Wainwright, Head of DFID Caribbean.Grantley Watson said: ‘Our region is negatively impacted by violence arising from drug trafficking. The Asset Recovery Unit will help countries confiscate criminals’ assets, reducing their influence and power.’Colleen Wainwright said, ‘The UK recognises the importance of security and the rule of law in helping the countries of the region to develop.’The Unit, which opens on 1 December, will take over from the DFID-funded Caribbean Criminal Assets Recovery Programme (CCARP), based within the British High Commission, which has been engaged in raising the capacity and capability of practitioners, at all levels – financial investigators, prosecutors, magistrates and judges, by providing them with the knowledge and skills to recover the assets from those engaged in serious crimes. The Asset Recovery Unit will continue CCARP’s work of promoting and strengthening legislation throughout the region to tackle the proceeds of crime. It will lobby for the establishment of a dedicated forfeiture fund to provide additional resources for law enforcement agencies, for the criminal justice system, for victim compensation and for community projects keeping youngsters off the streets. 106 Views   no discussions Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional UK helps RSS tackle serious crime and corruption by: – November 20, 2015 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Commission finalizes budget and tax rate, says ‘no’ to old caboose

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Commission on Monday finalized its vote on the tax rate and county budget for 2019-20, adopting the state’s certified tax rate of $2.0659 following a reappraisal that showed the new rate will generate the same revenue as the previous year.In a series of budget & finance meetings in June, commissioners had at first voted to leave the rate at $2.25 for each $100 of property value, resulting in a tax increase. After hearing complaints from the public, the commission later reversed itself and lowered the rate.Scott Kitts made the motion at the Monday regular meeting to set the rate, with all fifteen commissioners voting in favor. The commission then voted unanimously to approve a motion by Johnny Bruce to approve the county budget at $87,485,833.Of that amount, the bulk goes to education with $47,456,173 appropriated for the general purpose school fund, another $5,073,916 for the school federal projects fund and $4,218,233 for the general cafeteria fund.Other appropriations include $16,981,840 for the county general fund, $2,369,408 for sanitation/solid waste, $3,282,946 for the ambulance fund and $5,659,808 in the highway/public works fund.The general capital projects fund totals $1,079,916 after $1.4 million was taken out to offset the loss from correcting the earlier 2.25 tax rate. Another $708,234 was appropriated for other capital projects, mainly in the public safety category. The budget also contained $4,624,211 to service the county debt, most of that for education projects.The commissioners paused for a minute of silence at the meeting’s outset in memory of longtime commissioner Roy Mack Pierce before dealing with mostly routine business after voting on the budget resolutions.Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Cade Sexton to the Industrial Development Board to replace Glenn Massengill and voted unanimously to approve a grant application for the Campbell County Airport that will add over nine acres to the property for future expansion.The purchase of the land will only cost the county around $5,500 as 95 % of the cost will be covered by state grants if it is approved. “We don’t have vacancies,” airport manager Bert Loupe said, explaining why the airport needs the extra space for future hanger construction.Ralph Davis brought up three items passed last week by the building & grounds committee, including a motion to have the former Board of Education building on Main Street assessed as a possible storage depot for county records. The old building has some structural issues, but if it can be renovated for use as storage, it will save the county around $10,000 a year that is currently paid out in rent to store old records that cannot by law be destroyed.Davis also made a motion to erect billboards on I-75 at the northern and southern boundaries of the county and another on Highway 63 at the Claiborne County line. The billboards would promote tourism by publicizing the many activities available in the county.A third motion by Davis established all but one of the parking spaces along the northern side of the courthouse for handicapped parking and veterans. Eighteen spaces currently line that side of the courthouse and Davis suggested reserving twelve for handicapped parking, another six reserved for veterans and one for maintenance vehicles.All three motions from the building & grounds committee were approved unanimously, but commissioners finally did find one bone of contention when Dewayne Baird brought up a suggestion that the county take possession of the old railroad caboose that formerly housed West End Auto Sales on LaFollette’s Central Avenue.Baird explained that CSX Railroad owns the land where the caboose is located and wants it removed. The City of LaFollette showed no interest as estimates for the cost to move it ranged from $2,500 to $10,000. Baird suggested that the old rail car could be moved to the county’s White Bridge park for use as a concession stand.Carl Douglas stated that he would vote “no,” as he considered it to be a waste of money. Apparently most other commissioners agreed, as a motion by Baird to take possession of the old rail car failed 9-6.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/16/2019-11:30AM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more