PHOENIX - The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will vote Monday morning whether to tentatively approve $13 million more toward the legal costs in the racial profiling case against Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Taxpayers have already fronted more than $41 million in the class-action suit against him, Ortega Melendres et al. v. Joe Arpaio et al., filed in 2007.
Arpaio earns $100,000 per year as the Maricopa County sheriff. He also owns about $2 million in commercial real estate.
But he's never had to use his own money to pay for legal costs tied to his work at sheriff.
Supervisor Steve Gallardo is a longtime critic of Arpaio. He says the money could be used for other things such as paying for flood-control improvements or pay increases for county employees who haven't seen a raise in four years.
Clint Hickman, chairman for the county board, said in a statement the law requires the government to pick up the sheriff's legal expenses.
A judge held Arpaio in civil contempt Friday. In his ruling, Judge Murray Snow explained he believes Arpaio didn't just ignore his orders to end racial profiling; he says he intentionally went against them.
The Maricopa Board of Supervisors will vote to tentatively approve the $13 million at 9:30 a.m. It will be up for formal vote May 31.