Thursday, January 04, 2001
Warren budget proposal: $45M
Law enforcement, services to elderly among increases
By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer
LEBANON Senior citizen services and law enforcement in Warren County would get more money this year although not as much as officials sought under a $45 million budget that county commissioners will vote on today.
Unlike in 2000, this budget would use all expected revenue, Commission President Pat South said.
Departments such as the auditor, treasurer and commissioners get the largest share of the kitty 48 percent followed by criminal justice at 45 percent, Mrs. South said. Social services get less than 7 percent.
How it shakes out:
Warren County Community Services would get $200,000 of the extra $375,000 requested to reduce a waiting list of 246 elderly residents who need help with chores.
Mrs. South said the commissioners will revisit the issue later this month.
Community Services' 2001 request is part of a three-year plan that would wipe out the waiting list by bringing commissioners' contribution to $1.36 million.
The county's Drug Task Force had asked for $383,000 to expand, saying its one-man staff leaves about 20 drug tips a week unanswered. Skeptical commissioners agreed to match only new funding from cities and townships. It looks as if that effort will yield about $100,000 for a total of $200,000 with the match.
It'll certainly help, the task force's John Burke said. It's not going to erase (the backlog). But I think we'll have a lot more impact.
The sheriff's department, too, only got about half the new deputies and a third of the vehicles Sheriff Tom Ariss had sought.
The budget would add 23 hires and 23 vehicles throughout county offices, Mrs. South said, including three deputies all promised to Deerfield Township and seven sheriff's cars.
The county Humane Association got the full $200,000 double 2000's amount that it sought to help to run its shelter for abandoned dogs and cats. The Lebanon facility, which the Humane Association plans to expand with private donations, cost $399,000 to operate in 2000, its director said.
The commissioners meet at 4 p.m. at 320 E. Silver St., Lebanon.
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