A press release from McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim:
SPENDING DOWN MORE THAN $2 MILLION OVER FIRST THREE MONTHS OF FISCAL YEAR, SHERIFF ANNOUNCES
March 2, 2015 With just a quarter of the fiscal year gone by, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has already cut spending by $2.4 million versus the previous Administration over the same three-month period, Sheriff Bill Prim noted Monday.
When he took office last Dec. 1, Prim immediately inherited a budget smaller by about $1 million than the previous fiscal year (2014).
Since then, the Sheriff’s Office has not just met the new, lower benchmark in a single quarter, but more than doubled the amount it needed to cut from the annual budget.
Total MCSO expenditures at the close of the quarter stood at roughly $6.3 million, while the same budget period last year saw expenditures of $8.7 million, a difference of $2.4 million.
In order to stay within the budget for the year, a savings of about $1.02 million needs to be recorded, and that has already been accomplished.
In fact, the savings have come in more than double what was needed.
“Budget figures may ebb and flow depending on many factors, and there may be unforeseen challenges that either speed up or slow down our progress for the rest of the fiscal year, but we are doing well out of the starting gate,” Prim said.
“We are working to achieve the maximum effective deployment of taxpayer dollars across all sectors of the Sheriff’s Office, and the results, while still early, are encouraging.”
One critical factor was the decline in overtime pay.
The period saw reductions of
- 27% in Administration Bureau overtime
- 25% in Jail OT compensation
- another 25% in Court Security
“Any law enforcement administrator knows that the bulk of his budget goes to salaries, consisting of both regular and overtime pay,” Prim added.
“If you can show improvement in either category, the effects are significant.
“We have improved both.”