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Harris County Sheriff’s Office Wants To Increase 2015 Budget

Harris County Commissioners are working on the budget for next fiscal year. Today, Sheriff Adrian Garcia presented what he argues are the needs for law enforcement in the county. Garcia’s request is more than what commissioners had budgeted for the department.

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Sheriff Garcia made his case at the annual budget hearing. He’s asking for $16 million more than the $436.8 million that Commissioners are proposing for his department.

Last year it was $416 million.

“The Budget Management Office is offering a 5-percent increase over my last fiscal year budget, but I’m asking for 2.3-percent on top of that,” says Garcia.

Garcia says as Harris County continues to grow, so does the need for more manpower, like deputies on patrol, and for more detention officers.

“(We) need to make sure that we are able to train our personnel to meet the challenges that we’re seeing coming out of the issues in Ferguson and New York. It is a fiscally sound recommendation I believe, to ask for 2-percent on top of their 5-percent recommendation,” says Garcia.

Garcia says the feedback he’s gotten from Commissioners so far has been positive, and is optimistic about his proposal.

The Budget Management office will make its final recommendations sometime in January.

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