Sheriff Shawn Mobley was first to appear before the Otero County Commissioners at Monday's meeting to present adjustments in line items and also a request for supplemental funds.
Sheriff Shawn Mobley was first to appear before the Otero County Commissioners at Monday's meeting to present adjustments in line items and also a request for supplemental funds, which were approved and will be allocated from the Sheriff's Office portion of the General Fund. Some of the expenses had to do with transferring a prisoner for trial from Crowley County, new rifles, and training of new officers as well as new uniforms. The training and firearms expenses were mostly covered by the Peace Officers Standards Training fund. The Sheriff's Office will need a supplemental budget amount of $17,182.
The jail has been filled to overflow all year, said Mobley, with the extra expense amounting to a supplemental request for $53,467. A lot of the supplemental will be covered by the Sheriff's auction, which netted about $42,000 and got rid of outdated guns and rifles dating back to the days of Sheriff John Eberley.
County Coroner Bob Fowler was up next, with a big increase in the number of autopsies required in the county. The average is only 10 or 12 in a year, said Fowler, but this year there were 19 and three are pending. This is only the third time in 37 years he has been over budget. Autopsies are required by the state in the case of any death when legal matters might be involved, such as motor vehicle accidents, homicides, suicides, medical misadventures, but not in the case of attended deaths in normal circumstances.
This year has required more body bags, gloves and attendant supplies, also. Of the $1,000 allocated for the District Attorney's office, only $800 was used, and so $200 of that can go toward the extra expenses. The final supplemental budget for the coroner's office for 2015 will be $6,043.44 for autopsies, $722 for supplies and $2,324 for dues and training. Rounding off the sum, the total supplemental budget is $9,089.
The rest of the line item transfers were routine county business. Donna Rhode needed permission to increase the 2016 budget of the Area Agency on Aging because of an increase in funding from a federal grant and some funds left over from 2015 in that area. Two part-time jobs have been changed to full-time, requiring increase in fringe benefits as well as salary. These are the Emergency Management Director and the Veterans Service Officer. Some additional funds were needed for the legal services involved with the courthouse roof matter ($17,000) and extra tiles on the courtroom project ($40 for extra tiles when the door was moved).
The insurance fund needed a little help to repair a van backed into by heavy equipment - $4,987 handled by a line item transfer from building maintenance and repairs and Road & Bridge.
The E911 fund needed $5,310 for the increase in server cost for recording 911 calls, but this was handled with a line item transfer from maintenance contracts.
Adjustments approved Monday will be presented in adjustments to the budget at next week's meeting.