The advised spending plan for fiscal calendar year 2021-2022 exhibits no boosts in the county millage fee.
Only a person commissioner, District 6, Aaron Whitely, proposed a spending plan addition. He pushed for an update to the vehicle allowance plan to deal with “dress in and tear” on commissioners’ personal autos they use in their responsibilities.
“I’m not asking to raise the mileage for out-of-city journeys, but for put on and tear on our autos as we journey here in town: $100, $200, some thing like that, just to help offset our fees,” Whitely reported. “I imagine that is reasonable and in buy.”
District 1 Commissioner Helen Stone noted she thought a mileage-primarily based stipend would be the most effective way to employ these types of a provision. Whitely was on board, noting he supported that as an “accountability evaluate.”
“I’ve frequently questioned the good way to do that. Naturally our districts are very various and some of us travel appreciably far more than others,” Stone said. “A car or truck allowance would be particularly helpful with all the community meets and back again and forth, but some of us travel a lot extra than other folks.”
Whitely also questioned the bucks the county spends on lengthy-phrase detainees in the Chatham County Jail. Citing a report from District Lawyer Shalena Cook Jones, Whitely stated the county spends $5 million annually to household inmates who have used more than 1,000 days in detention awaiting trial.
“There is a need for us to deal with the clogged-up prison justice process. We are flushing the system and not pulling the clog out, and we’re expecting it to clear up,” Whitely reported.
Jones has asked for $280,000 to seek the services of further assistant district attorneys and expedite prosecutions. Whitely lobbied for granting the request “to get the ball rolling.” He pitched the strategy of funding a research to uncover the ideal study course of action.
“We really don’t know what (a review) would value. I’d have to go again and get the charge. It would be numerous hundred thousand pounds. And it would be system that would take a lot more than a calendar year,” County Supervisor Lee Smith reported in response.
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Stone counsel an option: Bring in leadership from the neighborhood justice method — the courts, the jail, law enforcement chiefs — and discuss the greatest way to allocate resources to resolve the problem in a in depth way.
District 4 Commissioner Patrick Farrell was receptive to the thought, and claimed the assembly would aid the county “see if there is any lower-hanging fruit, then come back again to the fee and take some action.”
“There’s possibly some widespread floor that different players in the judicial technique have. It may possibly come to (a study) in some time, but time is of the essence,” Farrell explained. “We’re burning as a result of dollars like it’s no trouble on the jail sophisticated.”
That option seemed to acquire the acceptance of the other commissioners, nevertheless no official vote was taken.
The commission will satisfy once more Friday, June 25 to vote on the finalized spending budget.
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