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    Sheriff seeks $36 million budget increase!

    Between a rock and a hard place;

    Sheriff seeks $36 million budget increase

    If approved, his budget would be $453 million

    By Leon Fooksman | South Florida Sun-Sentinel 12:17 AM EDT, May 2, 2008

    With the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office projecting an 8.6 percent budget increase next year, the county's top administrator said Thursday the cost of law enforcement can't keep escalating without a rise in property taxes or a reduction in county services.

    The Sheriff's Office is seeking $453 million for the 2009 budget year $36 million more than this year and up $68 million, or 17.7 percent, from $385 million last year.

    "Over the long term, we'll have to deal with this spending," said County Administrator Bob Weisman, who ordered other county departments to trim budgets between 5 percent and 10 percent in the face of state budget cuts and forced property tax reductions.

    Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said his 3,833-employee agency in recent years put 35 new deputies on the streets in growing communities and now must go after gangs and other criminals responsible for a spike in killings, assaults and robberies.

    Expenses went up in the jail to control a surge in inmates, speed the booking process and cover rising costs of food, medical care and transportation for inmates, he said. The Sheriff's Office also began paying for hundreds of new laptop computers for deputies to use on the road and for other computer upgrades that needed to be done years ago, he said.

    Next year's budget is "bare bones," Bradshaw said, because nearly 80 percent covers salaries, benefits and overtime.
    While the official budget request seek $457 million, he said that figure will go down $4.4 million once additional revenues from fees and permits are factored in. That will put new spending at $36 million, below the roughly $40 million projected months ago.

    "I'm doing the best I can to help the county and in providing all of our services," Bradshaw said.

    Sandy Parker, a government activist, said rising Sheriff's Office expenses represent a no-win situation for taxpayers. No one wants to see a reduction of police services at a time of rising violent crime, she said. At the same time, residents don't want higher taxes or continued cuts in services in libraries, public transportation and other sectors.

    "I can't blame anything on the sheriff or on crime. I blame it on the cost of everything going up," said Parker, former vice president of the Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations.

    Weisman said county commissioners eventually will have to decide what to do about rising Sheriff's Office expenses. He said the agency's rate of increases can't be factored into the county budget much longer without raising taxes or cutting services.

    The county and the Sheriff's Office squared off last year over the county's demands that the agency trim about $15 million from the current budget. Bradshaw threatened that up to 125 deputies could be laid off if the cuts went through. The two sides settled and the layoffs were avoided.

    Bradshaw said his staff members managed to keep next year's costs from rising even higher. They increased fees for federal inmates housed in the county jail, reduced printing costs, delayed pay raises for certain employees and charged more for businesses and community groups to hire deputies for off-duty work, he said.

    The county's first budget hearing on the Sheriff's Office budget is June 18.

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    Not to mention that the rising cost of gas is killing everyone...since the budgets get approved a year in advance.

    Even my little dept. with only 50 officers is feeling the effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Not to mention that the rising cost of gas is killing everyone...since the budgets get approved a year in advance.

    Even my little dept. with only 50 officers is feeling the effects.

    I guess, if the cost of gas doesn't kill you, the criminals will...

    Raise my taxes and build more jails if you have to...give them cheaper meals...SOS every meal...but PLEASE...keep 'em there!

    No bail...no parole...stronger sentences for 'repeats' in any form...
    We all make mistakes, but if we don't learn after the first one...bye-bye!

    No TV, no smoking, no weights, no porn, a bible would be OK, crime in jail? 24 hour lock down (tough sh..)

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    I've got a novel idea to reduce violent crime: encourage law abiding citizens to carry firearms and defend themselves.

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    Next year's budget is "bare bones," Bradshaw said, because nearly 80 percent covers salaries, benefits and overtime.
    I knew they had a big force, but it must be huge. I had to do the math, and it works out to $365.6M, which would pay 6093 people $60K a year.

    You know, we could save a ton of money if we just went to nationwide castle doctrine and required every household to have a gun.

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    Sheriff seeks $36 million budget increase!

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    Thats a good thing that they are passing a cigarette there RamRod...
    it kind of reminds me of something else....













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    Why ARE they sharing a cigarette?

    Only did that in college...45 years ago...we were a 'sharing' group...
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    He wants an increase?

    He's kidding right?

    Everyone else in Fla is cutting..
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    I say take the 36 million buy law abiding citizens in high crime areas guns and tell them if somebody breaks in don't hesitate to call 911 after you use 1911
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    36 million is a lot of money, but it probably isnt all that much considering the size/population and revenue of Palm Beach.
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    The Sheriff's Office is seeking $453 million for the 2009 budget year $36 million more than this year and up $68 million, or 17.7 percent, from $385 million last year.
    Considering the budget...its really not that much of an increase.
    Probably just keeping up with inflation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    Have you seen the price of ammo lately!!! It's no wonder.


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    Cities and counties all over Florida are experiencing budget shortfalls now.

    Last fall Governor Charlie Christ and the legislature saw fit to add a state property tax reduction proposal as a referendum on the ballot. Even though local officials warned homeowners that, if passed, the tax reduction would result in loss of services or higher city/county taxes and fees, the temptation for lower property taxes was too great for the majority of voters--so it passed.

    Now each city and county are scrambling to come up with the shortfall in revenue. City and county services (e.g., police, fire protection, schools, etc.) are being scaled way back, and new fees that previously didn't exist are being levied upon us. Yesterday I received a bill for two new fees for storm water runoff, and solid waste processing.

    Here in Jacksonville the folks are especially steamed over the new fees due to our mayor and city council members squandering millions of dollars on failed projects (courthouse fiasco), contracts given to their cronies for work that was never done, boondoggle trips, a council member erecting a monument to herself in a city park with taxpayer money, etc., etc.

    All this proves the old adage that you can't get something for nothing. The voters danced last fall, but now the piper is collecting his due.
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    Expenses went up in the jail to control a surge in inmates, speed the booking process and cover rising costs of food, medical care and transportation for inmates, he said.

    I wonder what percentage of these inmates are Illegals?, I would hazard a guess that it is +/- 30%? Seems like deporting and stopping reentry would save the taxpayers millions
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