Shelby County passes 2010-2011 budget

COLUMBIANA, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

COLUMBIANA, AL (WBRC) - The Shelby County Commission unanimously passed an $81.8 million budget for fiscal year 2010-2011.  The budget is about 3% smaller than last year's.

The budget includes reduced operating expenses for several county departments including the sheriff's department.

Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said he will not have to layoff any employees, but he cannot hire. There will also be reduced funding for the Shelby County Drug Task Force.

"It's very frustrating," said Sheriff Curry. "It's frustrating when you have professional people who know what we need. We know what the solution is, but we can't get there."

Sheriff Curry said the population in Shelby County continues to grow, and crime is on the rise. So he is asking citizens to help deputies. "We're going to have to work with citizens to look after the county. There are steps they can take within their community, like cameras, and neighborhood watch patrols. We are going to encourage those kind of things."

The budget goes into effect October 1.

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