Montmorency begins budget process with sheriff department

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Undersheriff Brian Crane, left, and Sheriff Chad Brown discuss the 2018 budget for the Montmorency County Sheriff Department with the board of commissioners at its meeting Wednesday.

ATLANTA — The Montmorency County Board of Commissioners began discussions on the 2018 budget for the sheriff’s department with Sheriff Chad Brown and Undersheriff Brian Crane.

“Since the sheriff’s department is the longest budget, we went through it first,” Chairman Daryl Peterson said. “We don’t have all the wages in yet. We usually wait until the end for those.”

The numbers on the budget presented to the commissioners was put together by the sheriff’s department so there was no mix-up. The commissioners went through each section of the budget with Brown and Crane and made corrections to numerous items, including training hours, overtime for deputies, the retirement fund, unemployment expense, workman’s compensation, and many others.

In the budget, Crane told the commissioners that they would like to divide bulletproofs, tasers and firearms into three separate categories with $1,000 going into each.

Uniforms were in their own category with a budget of $3,000. Travel expenses has $400 in its category. The budget for software support is at almost $10,000 and the commissioners agreed to make the budget $12,000 for software support.

“The software support is pretty much anything, so we pay Common Angle’s contract out of that. We will be going to Solid Circle and will pay out of that,” 911 Director/Administrative Assistant Donna Baranyai said. “Any type of contract that we have for computer software goes to that so that’s why it’s very large. A lot of things are taken on in that category.”

For ammunition, the budget is going to be $1,000. Crane said the department purchases ammunition out of three separate budgets: millage, general fund, and savings.

At the Nov. 22 board meeting, the commissioners will discuss the budget for the court system.

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