Monday, September 26, 2011

Collier County Commission Recognizes CCSO For Budget Reductions

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s 2012 adopted budget is $131 million.

The Collier County Commission adopted Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s proposed spending plan during a final budget hearing Sept. 22 and recognized Sheriff Rambosk for working together and helping to reduce the county’s overall operating budget.

The $131,973,300 adopted budget is $4,081,600, or 3 percent, less than last year’s $136 million budget.

“Under these severe economic conditions, we are in as good of a position as we could be for the coming fiscal year,” Sheriff Rambosk said.

The budget includes millions of dollars in increased operating costs as well as the loss of property tax dollars.

Sheriff Rambosk noted that the fiscal 2012 budget together with the three previous budget cycles has resulted in a more than $20 million reduction in the agency’s operating budget due to the decline in property values.

Sheriff Rambosk said he remains strongly committed to making the best possible use of every tax dollar and to maintaining a safe community where people want to live, visit and start a business.

The Sheriff praised all of the agency’s members who are doing more with less resources for the dedication, perseverance and positive perspective they have shown to the organization and to the partnerships with residents and business owners in the county during such challenging times. Together we continue to work at keeping our neighborhoods safe, increasing youth activities and programs and making our roadways safer, the Sheriff said.

“The professional men and women of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office are working harder than ever and continue to develop successful partnerships with our residents, businesses and our colleagues in all public safety services to hold the line against crime” Sheriff Rambosk said.

“Together we can keep Collier County a great place – a safe place”