NORWICH – The Chenango County Finance Committee, meeting Thursday, made appropriations from contingency to offset current year deficits in some departments.
Staffing deficiencies and prisoners’ medical bills continued to plague the Chenango County Public Safety Factility this quarter. Sheriff Ernest Cutting requested $85,000 from county contingency to cover both.
The Sheriff said maintaining staffing levels at the Public Safety Facility jail and the “tremendous” medical problems inmates have have resulted in more overtime work for corrections officers. “Prescription costs and hospital stays are a nightmare,” he said.
The Sheriff previously transfered nearly $200,000 from the part-time line item in his budget to overtime.