At the most recent county board meeting, the Shawano County Board passed three resolutions for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, pertaining to budget information for the department.
The Sheriff’s Department is allowed to carry one percent of levy dollars over if they manage to stay under budget. Shawano County Board Chairmen Jerry Erdmann applauded the department’s ability to consistently come in under budget, despite dealing with numerous cuts over the years.
“We were able to carry over additional money for three portable radios and 13 mobile radios, which it came over to $76,000,” Erdmann informed.
With radios going to digital a few years ago, plus the narrowband transitions that required new towers, the radio transition has now been completed. Erdmann adds that with the money carried over, it allowed the Sheriff’s Department to make a purchase that had been previously cut out of their budget for this year.
“We carried over $29,000 that will go towards a squad vehicle because [Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber] had actually in his budget cut out one squad,” said Erdmann. “They were going to not purchase quite as many, but with this carry-over money, he actually has enough money there too to purchase that extra squad.”
The final resolution the county board made for the Sheriff’s Department was the approval of new tasers to be purchased.
“We carried over $6,200, and once again, money that they didn’t spend in 2016, we’re carrying over to help their budget in 2017,” Erdmann applauded. “The Sheriff is doing a wonderful job and my hat’s off to that department because it helps all of us. We just have to make sure we don’t cut to the bare bones, but we’re trying to get down to a level that’s really sustainable.”
The county board approved the resolutions during their most recent meeting last Wednesday.