Budget breakdown: $4,334,993

What it is: This is the amount Nobles County Commissioners budgeted for Public Safety in 2016.What it was last year: $4,060,463Total county budget: $34,372,047Percentage of total budget: 12.6 percentHow it's used: The public safety budget encompa...

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What it is: This is the amount Nobles County Commissioners budgeted for Public Safety in 2016.
What it was last year: $4,060,463
Total county budget: $34,372,047
Percentage of total budget: 12.6 percent
How it’s used: The public safety budget encompasses the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, the Nobles County Jail, Emergency Management and the county coroner’s budgets. The overall budget includes everything from salaries to squad cars, inmate care and supplies for emergency response.
Grant leverage: Sheriff Kent Wilkening said public safety generates revenues from serving civil papers and housing inmates for other agencies.
Number of staff members: 13 in the Sheriff’s Office, 24 in the jail, one in emergency management and one who serves as county coroner.
More information: The 2016 public safety budget includes additional funding to hire another full-time deputy in the sheriff’s office. Wilkening had requested three new positions be created in 2016. Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson said the budget also includes replacement of three squad cars in the new year.

Related Topics: PUBLIC SAFETY
Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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