MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Sheriff Dave Shaffer and administrative assistant to the Sheriff’s Office Jan Wasiluk presented the 2014 Knox County Sheriff’s Office appropriation budget to the Knox County Commissioners on Thursday afternoon.
Line items included training, which is increasing due to taser requirements for deputies.
“We actually got a fair amount of donations to cover the original purchase of the tasers and the training cartridges, and in fact, we still have a little bit left,” said Shaffer.
The uniform line item increased for “armor vest requirements” as not all armor vests have been purchased at the same time and may expire at different times as well. Shaffer added that the department has some vests that have “just hit the five-year mark” or that are “just over the five-year mark that are going to have to be replaced.”
Contract agreements “increased for new computer contract” as well as a copiers contract.
The Knox County Commissioners 2014 appropriation estimate totaled out to $2,109,504, whereas the Knox County Sheriff’s Office 2014 appropriations estimate totaled to $2,240,004. For the 2013 year, the KCSO were given $2,087,850.56 and expenditures, as of Dec. 17, totaled out to $1,784,264.84.
“What you’re requesting is almost 6 percent more than what we had proposed,” said county commissioner Thom Collier. The commissioners and Shaffer went through the remaining line items regarding the increase, if any, and what it would be used for.
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