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Committees move forward on county budget

12/6/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summit County’s 2013 budget moved closer to adoption Dec. 3 as two committees forwarded resolutions for adoption.

The Finance Committee recommended a resolution approving budgets for all county departments and agencies, with the exception of the levy-funded agencies of the Children Services Board; Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board; and Developmental Disabilities Board. The Health and Human Services Committee recommended a resolution regarding the levy-funded agencies’ budgets be adopted.

The 2013 budget total is $471,287,390, which is a decrease of 4.6 percent from the 2012 adjusted budget, according to information from the county department of Budget and Finance.

County officials also state that the county expects to see revenues increase 4 percent next year, mostly due to income from the state’s casinos.

Council is expected to adopt the budget at its next meeting, which is the last meeting scheduled for 2012.

Also Monday, the Public Safety Committee recommended Council adopt a resolution confirming an award with Advanced Correctional Healthcare Inc. for Summit County Jail inmate medical services at a cost of $1.9 million.

Inspector Bill Holland, of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, said the contract for 2013 reflects a 3.7 percent increase over this year and is for inmates who need more extensive health care provided offsite.

The committee also recommended Council adopt two resolutions regarding contracts with the Sheriff’s Office for deputies working in the Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) for 2013.

One contract, not to exceed $168,223, provides two deputies for security at the office. The other contract, not to exceed $284,723, provides three deputies to serve papers to individuals involved in child support cases. Last year, deputies in that role served about 3,000 individuals, according to CSEA Director Jennifer Bheam.

In addition, the committee recommended Council adopt a resolution confirming an award with JSI Telecom for wiretap equipment for the Sheriff’s Office. Holland said most of the $35,406 contract to provide software upgrades and maintenance would be paid through a drug unit grant.

The Personnel Committee put on time a resolution regarding the Report on Staffing for 2013 due to some questions form Councilman John Schmidt (D-District 2), according to Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Russ Pry.

County Council will meet Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. for caucus and 5:05 p.m. for the regular meeting in Council Chambers on the seventh floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St.

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