Klamath County Sheriff's Office
To: Media Press Release
From: Frank Skrah Sheriff Klamath County
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Re: Sheriff’s “Zero Growth” Budget
The Klamath County Commissioners have a duty to provide adequate Law Enforcement services to the citizens of our County. However with the current proposed budget we will not be able to provide those services that we believe the citizens of our County need and expect! The “Craigmiles Proposal” (Allan Caigmiles: Budget Committee Chairman) does not fund the Office at a sufficient level to provide the needed services for the jail and patrol.
The Oregon Legislature provided a short term funding bridge with the use of Road funds. The law allowing for Road Funds transfer to Sheriff’s Patrols ends in January 2016. If the Commissioners choose they can provide the other $1,000,000 in Road Funds, that along with the below modification to the “Craigmiles Plan” still results in a 2% cut to the Sheriff’s Budget from the previous year.
“Craigmiles Proposal” $1,000,356.00 from Reserves
Reduced reserve commitment
to the Sheriff’s Office: $435,886.00
Net result an increase: $564,470.00 to County Reserve Fund
By providing the transfer of Road Funds and only taking $435,886.00 from the County Reserve Fund, that Fund would increase by $564,470.00.
This would be a “ZERO” growth Budget for the Sheriff’s Office.
Please contact your Commissioners and tell them your thoughts regarding Public Safety.