Sheriff Tom Knight presented his first budget to the County Commission since his election in November.
The process was much less contentious than former Sheriff Bill Balkwill’s presentation last year.
“I really like this,” said Commissioner Shannon Staub. “This is the first time I’ve ever been able to see a true budget. It’s amazing.”
Knight offered a 2010 budget of $86 million, which is $2 million less than Balkwill’s 2009 budget. To achieve that reduction, Knight instituted a salary freeze for all positions.
“The outstanding men and women of the sheriff’s office understand the current difficult times we’re all experiencing,” Knight said.
Knight said he wants to avoid any furloughs or layoffs this year.
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23 2nd Annual Sarasota Fall Fine Art Festival
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24 Baby Wearing Dance Class
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The exchange of goods and chatter are the usual soundtrack for the Saturday morning Downtown Farmers Market on Orange Avenue.
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Bookstores across the state celebrated Florida Bookstore Day Saturday. Bookstore1 held an all-ages literary party and read-a-thon for customers and members of the community.