Citing future state cuts, corrections official lobbies for funding

By Maura Wery

Community Corrections Director Shelly Williams told Riley County commissioners Thursday about potential budget cuts from the state level to community corrections, although she still isn’t exactly sure about the amount that will be cut. Williams said information she received on recent legislative budget actions from community corrections conflicts with what is on the actual budget document.

However large they are, William said the cuts could affect a lot of things within community corrections including rehabilitation services, parole officers, juvenile supervision dollars and supervision of low and moderate offenders, including sex offenders.

Williams said at this point, she is just trying to “keep the anxiety level low,” for her employees.

She said the department could be looking at furloughs, layoffs and other actions. But until she knows exactly what’s going to happen, Williams said it’s going to be business as usual.

Commissioners worried about the safety implications. “It’s preposterous that public safety is being compromised,” Commissioner Dave Lewis said.

Also Thursday, county appraiser Greg McHenry predicted a slight decrease in total personal property valuation. He attributed that to an exemption to business personal property taxes.

Personal property valuations will be certified to the County Clerk’s office on June 10, which is five days ahead of the June 15 deadline. With the decrease, McHenry said that he has seen an increase in valuation for certain personal property that wasn’t commercial. He said his office has seen an increase in both mobile homes and trucks.

McHenry said the number of building permits went up this month in comparison to figures for the same month last year. He added that homes sales and the median sale price were also slightly higher than in 2012. McHenry said the higher number of sales shows that the residential market “has taken off.”









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