County employees will receive “$500 or 2 percent raises, depending on their current salaries ..... (and) we continue to maintain a Rainy Day Fund with a balance of just over $2 million,” the Versailles resident adds.
“As we look forward, the most challenging financial issue will be the changes the Legislature made with the passage of House Enrolled Act 1006 in 2013. The act reduces some sentences and allows more offenders to be sent to community corrections, probation and forensic diversion.
“According to the Association of Indiana Counties, the lowest levels of offenses would have more than 90 percent of offenders eligible for direct commitment to community corrections programs operated by the county. The AIC estimates the cost to the counties to be between $10 million-$38 million statewide each year without any consideration of potential jail costs. The Legislature has requested $11 million for the fiscal year 2014-15 to assist county costs,” he points out.
Diane Raver can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.