MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Sheriff has proposed a 2017 office budget more than $200,000 higher than last year.
Sheriff David Shaffer met with the Knox County Commissioners Thursday to go over his proposed $2,623,023.50 2017 budget, which is $223,908.60 higher than last year’s expenditures of $2,399,114.90.
Shaffer said the increase is being driven mostly by an increase in hours for two part-time employees, hiring of a detective and the purchase of five vehicles. While at the bargaining table, the sheriff and commissioners were able to knock $28,000 from the budget, decreasing fuel appropriations from $100,000 to $72,000. The sheriff’s office spent $64,434.25 in fuel in 2016.
Shaffer said the two part-time employees, who currently work 24 hours per week, will be taking on additional duties that will increase their hours.
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