Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The jail and Dougherty County Sheriff's office make up more than a third of the county's total budget. That means Sheriff Kevin Sproul oversees the largest single chunk of the budget.
With tax revenues coming in about 10% lower than expected, will he be able to cut expenses?
It takes a lot of money to operate an entire County. Last year alone total expenses for the general budget were almost $46 Million for Dougherty County. Of that, the jail and Sheriff's Office made up more than a third of that budget at nearly $16.4 Million.
"We have to have it. It's a public safety issue," said Sheriff Kevin Sproul.
There's a saying that crime doesn't pay, but it sure does cost a lot. There are 780 inmates booked here and it will cost $36,660 to house them for just one day.
"When you look at our medical costs and food costs alone, they go up about 4.5% a year," said Sproul.
The county has asked all department heads, including Sheriff Sproul to cut their proposed budgets by 10% of their allotted amounts, but is that possible?
"We've already started that. I've parked 60% of my take home fleet without being asked to do so, I did it on my own. I changed the shifts downtown, working various hours now, trying to get rid of overtime we had in place, as well as at the jail."
1,000,000 meals are prepared in this kitchen every year. Many of them are made with a fryer which has been used since 1994. It was scheduled to be replaced this year, but at $22,000, the sheriff has decided to use it until it will fry no more.
"Wherever we can cut, we're cutting, cause we understand the big picture and we want to try to help out with the big picture and not just our share of the pie, but the whole pie."
He's also put off on purchasing a truck, has cut back on the amount of overtime hours and isn't filling three of four vacancies he currently has available.
Sheriff Sproul says he will be able to cut 10% from his day to day operations, but says he can't cut 10% from personnel, and that's the most costly part of his budget.