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Sheriff's department presents budget

March 25, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Saying they need money for about 12 police vehicles, equipment and other expenses, Washington County Sheriff's Department officials presented a proposed $14.2 million budget for fiscal year 2005 to the County Commissioners on Tuesday.

Also, the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association asked the commissioners to contribute $1.5 million to its fiscal year 2005 budget.

The 2005 fiscal year begins July 1.

The proposed Sheriff's Department budget is about $1.1 million more than its $13.1 million budget for the current fiscal year.

The proposed budget seeks $992,160 for the judicial division, $5.3 million for the patrol division, $7.5 million for the Washington County Detention Center and $412,670 for the Narcotics Task Force.

Sheriff's Department officials said the budget was tentative, and that they expected some amounts to change before the commissioners adopt the county budget in a few months.

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The Sheriff's Department budget includes $173,250 for nine new cruisers for the patrol division, $830,180 for inmate medical services and $426,720 for food and supplies at the Detention Center.

The Fire and Rescue Association's request of $1,587,657 is $284,942 more than the $1,302,715 the county gave for the current fiscal year.

The money is needed to pay salaries, and for training, recruitment efforts and other expenses, fire and rescue officials said.

Fire companies in Washington County responded to 9,427 calls in 2003, which is 652 more than in 2002, according to a Fire and Rescue Association report.

The commissioners will spend the next several weeks reviewing money requests from various county departments and groups before deciding how much each should receive.

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