They'll save us $800,000! Let's take their word for it!
Oregonian reporter Kelly House and Gresham Outlook reporter Cari Hachmann both decided to take the words of Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson and Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton when they declared Troutdale would save $800,000 annually if Troutdale's police department merged with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
"Troutdale taxpayers stand to save $800,000 in the first year if the city contracts its police services out to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office". - Oregon Live, (The Oregonian's online presence) April 2, 2014.
"By consolidating with the sheriff, the city would save about $800,000 a year, reducing its cost for police to $3.1 million annually."- Gresham Outlook online, April 4, 2014.
"Troutdale taxpayers stand to save $800,000. . ."
". . . the city would save about $800,000. . ."
I am wondering one thing. In their articles, why did both reporters fail to mention what Troutdale's Finance Director said at the meeting regarding the alleged $800,000 savings? Why did both reporters fail to quote the most important slide in the PowerPoint presentation that night?