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Last week, the Anderson County Commission held a public hearing on the budget, and the biggest obstacles to having a fiscal plan in place for the new fiscal year are finding funding for the Sheriff’s Department to adequately staff the soon-to-be-completed jail expansion and what to do about the embattled alternatives to incarceration program.
The Sheriff’s Office has requested funding for 34 jailers but as it stands now, the budget contains money for 15 jailers.
County Mayor Terry Frank has recommended cutting the budget for the program aimed at cutting down the jail population from $300,000 to $58,000. Some commissioners, most notably Myron Iwanski, insist that the program can still be made to work and that not all of the options for finding funds to keep it operating have been explored.
The new fiscal year begins July 1, and the County Commission will hold additional budget discussion sessions on June 10 and 13 leading up to the Commission’s regular June 17 meeting. If the budget has not been adopted by then, more meetings would be held on June 20 and 24.
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