The Lake County Council approved money last year to give the Sheriff and Court personal a pay raise. No new county income tax was approved at that time, but the County Council was willing to go in debt to give that raise.
With the new county tax in place why can’t the council approve the funding to pay the Lake County correction officers overtime through the rest of 2013?
They claim the new tax will create a large surplus in the budget. If they do not want to do that, why not use the money from the new Telmate visiting system used in the Lake County Jail.
The jail has started to use a new visiting system run by Telmate. This is on online system that inmates use for a video visitation. The inmates are charged for using this system.
The money made from the Telmate visits and from the commissary funds from the food the inmates purchase go to an account run by the sheriff.
It has been reported that Telmate visits have made as much as $20,000 in just one week. Why not use this money to fund the overtime account? Using the funds from the commissary and Telmate to pay the overtime in the jail will take away the strain it puts on the general fund to pay it.
- Ed Mattingly, Crown Point