Anderson County budget a victory for Sheriff's Office - FOX Carolina 21

Anderson County budget a victory for Sheriff's Office

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Chad McBride (Courtesy: Campaign Website) Chad McBride (Courtesy: Campaign Website)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County Council approved their $178 million budget this week. In that budget is funding for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

"This was an easy one,” said Councilman Craig Wooten, “It was a long time coming."

Nearly $1 million of that money will go towards pay raises for both new and experienced deputies. The starting annual salary will go from $32,000 to $37,500. Chief Deputy Mike Mitchell says it will benefit everyone in the community.

"Which enables us to be competitive with other agencies,” said Mitchell, “To where we can recruit good candidates. We don't have to get the leftovers."

Wooten said the money is coming from the general fund.

"We worked really hard to find this money in the budget,” said Wooten, “Not only for the police salaries, for proper equipment."

The budget will help fund about 50 new patrol cars.

"It's going to enable us to replace some of our aging fleet,” said Mitchell, “Part of the budget is 1.9 million dollars to replace the vehicles."

Then another $1.4 million for a new CAD system.

"Where the dispatchers can keep up with where we're at and deputies can report the calls," explained Mitchell.

Mitchell says the future looks bright for the Sheriff’s Office and the people they serve, all thanks to the upgrades coming with the next budget.

"It's a start on a good road for Anderson County,” smiled Mitchell.

The budget will go into effect July 1st.

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