Budget Busters – The Sheriff is at the Trough
- At the
Financial Management Committee meeting, we predicted that the approval of
the Court Clerk budget busting request would lead to even worse budget
the Sheriff is requesting a budget increase that totals nearly $339,000
and will add six additional full time employees to the County payroll.
these funds are needed to implement a DUI litter pick up program and Court
requests should not even be in front of the Commission, because no written
information on either proposal was presented to the Financial Management
Committee, or made available to the public. This is the page from the
Financial Management Committee information on this subject. It reads: “No
Documentation Available by Deadline”.
important, an analysis of the Sheriff’s DUI proposal reveals that the
numbers do not make a shred of sense.
Sheriff’s own statistics say that he makes about 270 DUI arrests per year
for people found innocent and those not eligible, about 200 people might
be candidates for the litter pick up program.
law requires each convict to be sentenced to be 24 hours of litter
law also requires that a DUI litter detail consists of an attendant and
- This will result in the need for 960
hours of a Sheriff’s attendant time.
Sheriff’s proposal requests enough money to cover four full time deputies
– approximately 8000 hours of manpower.
is the Sheriff requesting a budget for 8000 hours of manpower to cover a
need of only 960 hours?
top of all this, the Sheriff’s is requesting more than $27,000 worth of
gas to support this activity. This is enough fuel to cover 100,000 miles
in one of the Sheriff’s inefficient SUVs. If you go through the math,
this says that our DUI convicts will be picking up litter at a speed of
101 miles per hour – a truly remarkable achievement!
short the numbers presented in the Sheriff’s proposals make no sense.
should be voted down by this Committee.
- In the
future the Sheriff should be required to present detailed information to
the Financial Management Committee just like all the other County