Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorizes sheriff to increase rates for contract cities

Residents in Lake Elsinore, Temecula and Wildomar will see an increase in what they pay the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for law enforcement services after the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a request to increase rates. Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco requested to hike the blanket rate charged to all 16 cities and “other contract entities” for the use of patrol deputies and support services. With the approval Bianco can now implement a 2.45% increase in the base hourly rate charged for the use of patrol personnel. The augmentation, which officials said is needed to recoup higher costs incurred by the department, is retroactive to July 1, 2023. Under the new rate schedule, the cost of a sheriff's patrol deputy will increase from $209.35 per
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