FORT WAYNE – Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries told the Allen County Council on Thursday that he needs an additional $400,000 to cover medical costs for inmates at the Allen County Jail.
In response, the council unanimously agreed to allot $100,000 to the sheriff’s department budget, saying that was all the money available in the general fund for the rest of the year.
The council had budgeted $1.1 million for inmate medical care, which the sheriff’s department has already spent. Fries predicted inmate medical expenses will create an $800,000 shortfall by the end of the year.
The council encouraged Fries to come up with other budgeting solutions for the remaining portion.
Councilman Roy Buskirk, R-at-large, asked what the council would do for the rest of the year when other departments came to them needing more money.
County Auditor Tera Klutz suggested a simple response.
“Just tell them 'no.' You can’t find money where there is none,” Klutz said.
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