Should megaload shipment aftermath be taxpayers' expense?

LEWISTON, ID - The Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office is requesting that General Electric foot the overtime bill that was generated from last week's protests.

The recent protest prompted the Sheriff's Office to meet with the Nez Perce County Commission regarding the cost of response. Both were in agreement that tax payers should not have to foot the overtime bill, to pay for the extra officers that responded.

Chief Deputy Scot Gleason said that he spoke with megaload officials about reimbursement, and he said the company seemed open to the idea.

"So we are going to make a bill and submit it to the company which Cory doesn't think they'll have an issue with and just so we're not picking up the bill," said Gleason.

Gleason also said that there are six loads scheduled to move, and the next one is approximately three weeks out. Prior to that move General Electric officials are scheduled to meet with all law enforcement agencies in order to develop a plan that ensures the safety of the public, as well as the mega-sized-load.