Walker County touts all time high for sheriff's budget

Shannon Whitfield
photo Shannon Whitfield

LAFAYETTE, Ga. - After the fourth property tax increase in five years, Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield touted the sheriff's office's biggest budget ever.

Whitfield unveiled a portion of his spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year during a special called meeting Thursday night. Among the highlights? About $8 million for the sheriff's office, an increase of about $274,000 over last year. The highlights include salary bumps, about $40,000 more for training, and about $36,000 more for technical contracted services.

"It's a workable, doable budget that we can work with next year," Sheriff Steve Wilson said. " I appreciate (Whitfield) hearing us out, working with us."

"The sheriff's department has the greatest need that they've ever had for law enforcement and protection of our citizens in the county," Whitfield said.