Board of Supervisors Approve Extra $1.5 Million for Sheriff

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's budget was again on the agenda at yesterday's Board of Supervisor's meeting and while he didn't get the full $2 million, he got most of it.

As did several other departments that asked to exceed their budgets for FY 2014-2015.

With a vote of 4-0, the Board increased the Sheriff's budget by $1.5 million. Initially the Sheriff had requested additional funding for three items: about a half million for personnel expenses, another half million to replace the video surveillance system and one million for new vehicles totalling a $2 million dollar budget increase.

Money for the video surveillance and vehicles was approved, but the $472,000 to cover shift differential pay, holiday pay and on-call pay was rejected.

Chairman Smith, who was concerned about the safety of the officers day to day, stated that the Sheriff’s Office was funded adequately to fund the personnel costs.