Bill Opposed By Riley County Law Board

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A group of Manhattan community members is looking to change up the current law enforcement structure in Riley County.

On Monday the Capitol Lobby Group introduced a bill that would make the Riley County Police Director an elected position.

The group believes having the position changed to an elected official would give more power to the community. However, the law board says there are several issues with the bill.

"If that were to occur, that means that agency could go ahead and form its own mill levy, so we would have four mill levy raising entities in Manhattan and Riley County instead of just the city, county, and school district.," said Riley County Commissioner Ron Wells. "So, his point was, if that was an elected position the person elected could arbitrarily pick his own budget."

The law board voted unanimously to denounce the bill and is scheduled to reconvene on Monday to go over final changes in the proposed 2015 budget.