After receiving about $400,000 less than what they asked for in 2013, the Camden County Sheriff's Department is proposing what they would like to see as far as budgets go in 2014.
The Sheriff's Department budget is made up of the Operations, Corrections and E911 divisions. This year for Operations, the department is asking for $3,530,309.87. For Corrections, they estimate $1,843,109.69 and for E911, they estimate $1,006.895.69. Bottom line, they are proposing a 2014 budget of $6,380,315.08.
As far as revenue goes, the Sheriff's Department is estimating $2,252,011.00 for 2014.
According to officials, the difference between the 2013 original budget and the 2014 proposed budget is $538,592.00. Earlier this year, the Camden County Commission agreed to make a budget adjustment in the form of $100,000 which would bring the difference to $438,592.00.
For Sheriff Department officials, making sure all employees' salaries are fully funded was the priority with the proposed budget.
"The 2014 budget estimate is showing all employees salaries and benefits are funded. The past four years employee hours have not been fully funded in our budget which required the office to move monies from other lines to fund these hours," Captain Kelly Luttrell said. "Other lines making the difference between 2013 budgeted and 2014 estimated are vehicle repair, vehicle fuel, and vehicle lease purchase. These three lines were reduced in 2013 which effected the operations of the office."
Sheriff Department staff members met with the county commission on Wednesday explaining the budget proposal.
"To do the things people expect us to do, we have to fund our people," Shawn Gerdiman said.
The Sheriff Department's budget is now in the hands of the three Camden County Commissioners. The Commission agreed to meet with Sheriff Department officials before making the budget official.