Supervisors briefed on fiscal year budget

Published 8:17 pm Thursday, July 26, 2018

Warren County Administrator John Smith briefed the Warren County Board of Supervisors on a portion of the upcoming budget during a work session Thursday.

The supervisors are expected to hold another work session Friday to review some of the budget items for the next fiscal year.

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County officials recently heard budget requests from the various department heads within the county and now begin the process of working through the budget that must be finalized in September.

Thursday’s items dealt mainly with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department budget, as well as the jail budget.

According to Smith, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace is seeking a salary increase for his deputies, adjusting the starting salary from $31,000-plus to $36,000-plus. That would mean an increase for tenured officers.

Smith said Pace presented a pay plan, which would actually work out to be a decrease in the sheriff’s budget by about $67,000.

Pace is seeking an approximately $154,000 increase in the jail budget, which would include a part-time nurse at the facility in addition to the current full-time nurse. The budget increase also includes more for inmate food and medicine.

“To me, the sheriff’s department and the jail should be our top two priorities,” Smith told the board.