They did an accounting gimmick instead of CUTTING, which is what they should have done. What could they have cut?
The council declined suggestions by Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, to cut $586,000 in potential pay increases for county police or corrections officers, or cut $657,000 in public contributions to county employees' retirement funds.Once again, Sheriff Bunzo Buncich is costing YOU money:
The council initially planned to hire 35 new Lake County Jail corrections officers, but backed away from that last week because of its $5 million price tag. They did find a permanent revenue source for 30 corrections officers they hired on borrowed money several months ago.
Sheriff John Buncich said the failure to hire those corrections officers will make it tough for the county to achieve compliance with the U.S. Department of Justice requirements, which will inspect the county lockup next month to review the safety and health care for county jail inmates.
Council President Ted Bilski, D-Hobart, said he hopes new efforts to reduce the jail inmate population will eliminate the need for the additional guards.