Zionsville Times Sentinel

October 3, 2012

Departments ask county council for $770K more in 2012

By Rod Rose/For the Times Sentinel

— More than three quarters of a million dollars in additional spending requests will be presented to the Boone County Council at their October meeting — the same meeting at which the council is to consider approval of a sharply-reduced 2013 budget. The council will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the Boone County Office Annex, 116 W. Washington St., Lebanon.

The $771,904 initially sought by the Boone County Area Plan Commission, auditor, board of commissioners, clerk, highway department, sheriff’s office and highway department doesn’t include smaller amounts that can’t be moved from the general fund without county council approval, even though they are routine expenses.

An unusually hot summer is partially to blame for one of the requests. Sheriff Ken Campbell said he’s asking for $35,000 to cover utility bills resulting in part from having to cool the jail during a period when temperatures topped 90 degrees about 50 times, and broke 100 degrees.

“We expected it,” Campbell said, but “It’s not like we can throw the windows open and air out the building,” he said.

See Wednesday’s paper for the full story.