County Executive Chris Abele rejected Sheriff David Clarke's request for a 50% tax levy increase for 2017 and is instead recommending an increase of 2.1%.
Abele's recommended levy to support the 2017 Sheriff's Department budget is $60.5 million, up from $59.3 million. Abele is proposing a $70.5 million departmental budget, up $362,612, or 5.1%, from this year's budget.
Abele is not recommending any changes in the numbers of Sheriff's Department deputies; Clarke requested 206 new positions, the bulk of them deputies.
The budget figures are adjusted to reflect changes in 2017 county budgeting methods.
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