Sheriff: Budget cuts would imperil programs

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner told county commissioners during budget hearings Wednesday multiple programs could be at risk if he has to cut any more from his 2013 projected budget.

Turner’s projected budget includes an overall 12.13 percent increase in expenses, and a projected 20.9 percent decrease in revenue, a shortfall of $263,105.

The largest projected budget increase falls in the Operations Division, which includes patrol, SWAT, investigations and the Registered Sex Offender program. The total requested increase is 17.5 percent, or $346,284. The increase includes a projected 3 percent average salary increase for deputies.

According to Turner, these costs represent core services and can’t be trimmed any further.

“These are all estimates we feel confident about,” Turner told commissioners during the hearing. “We do not employ enough people. The only thing we could look at is ancillary services.”

That could mean losing programs such as DARE, Safe Boating, marijuana eradication and seat belt and DUI emphasis patrols.

“These are the really tough decisions I might have to make,” Turner said.

The projected budget for special programs is $73,147. According to County Auditor Karen Martin, however, the programs are grant programs that don’t affect the overall budget.

Martin said these special programs have offsetting revenue attached, and even if they are cut, there is still a $1.9 million budget shortfall in the county’s general fund budget.

“If (Turner) is going to cut, he needs to cut in other areas of the budget,” Martin said.

Comments

aurora 1 year, 9 months ago

Yep, he may have to make some tough decisions ~ just what he was elected to do. Hope he can find his 'Big Boy' pants ~ it's been awhile since he's had them on!

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aurora 1 year, 9 months ago

Yep, he might have to make some tough decisions ~ just what he was elected to do. Hope he can find his Big Boy pants ~ it's been awhile since he's had them on.

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tinstar 1 year, 9 months ago

Glad to see that the commissoners see right thru Turner. Everyone is tired of his smoke and mirrors.

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namvet60 1 year, 9 months ago

Did they get a new accounting system yet?

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Hersey 1 year, 9 months ago

Many grant programs require that the recipient put in matching funds or in kind funding. If you can't put in any money, kind of a good faith thing, you don't get the grant.

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BestForWallaWalla 1 year, 9 months ago

turner knew what he was getting into when he ran for the position, now he cries saying he has not got the funds to do wha the previous administrtion did.

MAKE CUTS JOHNNY

We all have to the way the economy is, YOUR not an exception. If you were half as good as you preached when you ran for this position you would have no problem doing so.

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