Buttonwillow residents fight to save substation

Posted at 6:50 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 21:55:30-05

As 23ABC reported last week the county is facing cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year and that means closing the sheriff's substation in Buttonwillow.

Residents from the West side of the county are worried and brought their concerns to the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

They’re asking county officials to save the substation there, after the sheriff was asked to cut 1% from the budget.

The sheriff’s office in that area not only protects the residents who live in the small farming town, but an area of roughly 1,500 sq. miles.

It's concerning for Jack Frey who says since 2010 he has reported at least 45 thefts and says it’s only going to get worse.

"The need is huge and as the oil field empty outs with their recession you're going to have a lot more facility that don't have eyes on them and open to even more crime," said Frey.

Supervisors also ordered all departments to prepare for a 2.5% cut next year. As a result many departments will have to go back to the drawing board.