To The Daily Sun,
The Belknap County Commissioners claim it may stop construction of the county prison if a supplemental budget request of $229,500 is not approved. They then state that they will spend $34,500 per month to send prisoners to other counties. If they were to do that, within seven months they will have incurred more expense than their supplemental budget request. Where are those funds suddenly available?
The delegation has authorized them to relocate funds which they apparently can find to relocate prisoners but not too open a new facility.
It would appear the current county commissioners are simply looking to raise taxes rather than manage the County reasonably. Also note that the prior budget had over a million dollars of unspent appropriations. Is there similar fluff in the current budget that the commissioners could utilize?
A final question, if the prison population hasn't increased, why are additional correctional officers need? Is the new facility built to operate less efficiently than the old prison? Are the additional officers are reducing the workloads of the current staff? Will the additional officers be performing tasks not currently performed and maybe not mandatory.
Many questions arise but stopping construction the new prison facility doesn't seem to be an appropriate answer. It's time for the county administrator and commissioners to put on their thinking caps and find a solution that fits the approved budget.
- Written by Edward Engler
- Category: Letters
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