Thursday, July 28, 2011

Manatee sheriff’s funding request to get hard look

BRADENTON -- In 2007, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office budget took about 40 percent of property tax pie in Manatee County.

Wracked by a devastated economy, tax revenues have been shrinking ever since. The sheriff now takes 60 percent of that smaller pool, county finance director Jim Seuffert estimates.
Sheriff Brad Steube says he understands the county’s economic woes, but that his department is understaffed and at a “tipping point” in fighting crime.

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