Friday, July 29, 2011

Commission OKs new deputies, higher taxes for Manatee sheriff's office

BRADENTON -- The Manatee County Commission this morning approved giving Sheriff Brad Steube an additional $2 million so he can hire 20 additional deputies.

The commission by a 5-2 vote approved funding that will allow the sheriff's office to hire 10 new road deputies and 10 new corrections deputies. The hirings will be funded by $1.6 million in property taxes -- which will require a millage increase -- and about $400,000 in impact fees.

Voting against the proposal were commissioners Robin DiSabatino and Donna Hayes. Voting for the proposal were commission chairwoman Carol Whitmore and commissioners Larry Bustle, John Chappie, Michael Gallen and Joe McClash.

The commission continues to work on the 2011-2012 budget. A final vote is set for September.

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