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Sheriff Al St. Lawrence Requests A Twelve Million Dollar Budget Increase

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A huge increase in the budget for the Chatham County Sheriff's Office will be needed to staff the new expansion of the Chatham County Detention Center. The Sheriff's Office budge was the topic of a work shop Monday morning for Chatham County Commissioners. Sheriff Al St. Lawrence is requesting a budget for fiscal year 2013/14 of 48.8 million dollars. That's approximately twelve million more than last year and includes about 10 million dollars for new jail staffing. City Commissioners had a lot of questions for the Sheriff about the amount of the budget request. Commission Chairman Al Scott says if budget requests from all County departments were approved – there would need to be a 1.4 mil tax increase to pay for it all. The increase the Sheriff is requesting would account for about 1 mil of that. The Sheriff says he's cut down his budget as much as possible.

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