Clark said that his office created the budget based on projections derived from expenditures and receipts in 2007. The budget includes a four percent increase to the salaries of deputy sheriffs in his employee. Deputy salaries, with full-time, overtime, part time and leaves will be capped at $240,000, according to Clark.
The budget estimates $605,000 in receipts for 2008 with $599,5000 in disbursements. Clark said that the budget includes $130,000 as advancement of the state. “Smaller agencies in counties with a population up to 75,000 are eligible to borrow from the state. For most sheriff’s offices it is the only way to operate until we collect fees in October and November.” He added that the $130,000 advancement would be repaid with the collection of fees and commissions during tax season.
“We’re in pretty good shape for vehicles and equipment so there’s nothing in the budget for that. Last year, we got a 2005 car from the Missouri Highway Patrol that is now in service,” said Clark. He said that the newest cars had 55,000 miles while the oldest had 120,000 miles on their odometers.
“We’ve had some vehicle expenses, most of them routine like brakes. We’ve seen some problems with the manifolds on Crown Victorias, but other agencies have had some of the same problems when they reach a certain mileage,” Clark said of his fleet.
The Fiscal Court approved a motion from Magistrate Doug Taylor to approve the budget as presented by a unanimous vote. Magistrate Jon Goodwin did not vote as he was announced to be out of town for the session.
Read more about Fiscal Court, including their new meeting date on page 2A of The Cadiz Record.