Commissioners need your input
We, the Board of Darke County Commissioners are facing a serious dilemma.
Back on December 20, 2010, in our Regular Agenda Session, Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein, attended our meeting and spoke to Commissioners Haworth, Delaplane & Rhoades, regarding his 2011 Appropriations that he submitted early in December, 2010, and he is also speaking for the other Elected Officials that also feel the increase was unfair to them.
He stated that his “Appropriations” that were submitted in early December, was flat-lined per the recommendation of the Darke County Commission Board. He is resubmitting his appropriations to us due to an increase in the Darke County Sheriff’s Budget that we felt was a necessity for our county, most importunately the Citizens of our County. Now today, January 3, 2011, we the Board of Commissioners, consisting of Vice Chairman Diane Delaplane, Member Michael W. Rhoades & Michael E. Stegall, met with Common Pleas Judge Jonathan P. Hein, regarding his request for an additional $57,000.00 to his Appropriations, which includes the hiring of a new Probation Officer, and increasing his employees salaries 2% percent.
Now, we the Board of Darke County Commissioners want to make this Statement regarding the circumstances etc. behind our decision for the increases to 2011 Sheriff’s Appropriations.
Back in February, 2010, we the Board of Commissioners, were approached by several Police Departments in the county, that the drug situation in Darke County is out of control. At that time, we discovered that the “Workers Comp” line in all of the Elected Officials Budget etc. was figured higher than what they actually was going to be. At that time, there was an extra $80,000. that could be moved and used by the Darke County Sheriff, to help support the hiring of the much needed Officers. Also at that same time, shortly after that decision was made, we found out from the Department of Taxation, for the State of Ohio, that someone had paid double what they were supposed to be paying for “sales tax”. Consequently, we are losing, from sales tax over approx. $20,000. a month for the next year and beyond. Also, stated in the meeting by the Judge, was he thought it was more important to have road deputies than drug officers. It was also brought to our attention that if we give the Sheriff this increase, than the Public Defender wants an increase in their contract line.
We, the Board of Commissioners, back in February, 2010, made the decision to allow the Sheriff to put on two (2) Officers. At that time, and at this time we still feel that was the right thing to do. But do to the possibilities of an “Order” coming down, from the Judge, and the increases wanted by the Public Defender, we cannot afford all of this.
We have had discussions with the Sheriff and he has acknowledged he’ll do whatever we request him to do, he will do. The Sheriff will make the final decisions as to what will take place, if we reduce his funds.
If anyone has any issues or concerns, or even suggestions, feel free to call any of your “Elected Officials” in the County as to what you feel needs to be done.
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