Delta County Administrator Ryan Bergman presented the county’s 2018 budget to the County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.
He tells the Radio Results Network that the budget includes no cuts, and is heavily weighted toward criminal justice spending.
“When you don’t have a lot of assets, you try to prioritize what you have, to your core functions,” Bergman told RRN News. “The core function of the county government is its criminal justice system. So, we’ve increased the percent we spend on criminal justice from54 percent a few years ago to closer to 60 percent now.”
Bergman says his budget includes two new corrections officers as the county continues to see an increase in inmates at the jail. The spending plan is just under $9.75 million, which is a $200,000 increase over the current year’s budget.
The Delta County Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget at its September meeting.