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Sheriff Proposes Slight Budget Increase

After cutting his department’s budget more than $36 million in the current fiscal year, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie is pitching a slight increase for next year.

According to the R-J, the proposed budget of $518 million is a 1.14 percent increase and includes elimination of 18 civilian positions on top of the 69 police and 139 civilian positions that were cut in the current budget.

At Tuesday’s Clark County Commission meeting, Gillespie emphasized the “tentative” in his budget.

Gillespie said he knows the final budget figure will be lower after likely union concessions and more budget cuts.

“The cost of doing business has gone up,” he told the commission.

As last year proved, the proposal can be much different from the final budget.

In 2010 Gillespie proposed a $523 million tentative budget that would have cut 172 positions, including 30 police officer jobs. Two months later, a $10 million drop in property tax revenues led to a total elimination of 234 positions, including 69 police officers.

Nobody was laid off; all the positions were vacant.

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