The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 11, 2013

Jasper County Commission shifts funds to pay for technology upgrades


From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Jasper County Commission on Tuesday approved nearly $150,000 in budget amendments to cover changing demands in county spending.

Most of the changes were in sheriff’s department funds and Richard Webster, county auditor, said none will have any affect on department totals or total county spending.

“This is just moving money among funds to respond to changing needs,” he said.

The shift translates to an increase of $100,000 in technology spending by the sheriff’s department, with $50,000 each coming from the sheriff’s budget and the Law Enforcement Sales Tax operating budget.

Sheriff Randee Kaiser said the allocation will allow him to make some upgrades in technology as his department moves to a county-owned building later in the year.

“We have some equipment that is getting old and it makes more sense to replace it than to move it,” he said.