Isabella County Sheriff’s Office feels pain at pump

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office said it had to make a difficult decision due to rising gas prices.

Sheriff Michael Main says at the end of this week they won’t have the money to fuel their patrol cars that was set aside in their fiscal year budget.

Now all non-emergency calls received by the office can be handled over the phone rather than in person.

“If someone loses a lost or stolen wallet or phone, instead of us going over there with their pen and paper and writing down the information and then coming back and sitting down and typing a report, we’ll make a phone call in those situations,” Sheriff Main said. “If there’s no known suspects or there’s no security issue, we’ll make those calls.”

Sheriff Main said it was on a case-by-case basis.

“Our deputies will have to make this decision: ‘this sounds like something I have to be there for’ or ‘I’m going to make a phone call’, and maybe they’ll make a phone call and realize: ‘No , I need to go out and make contact and take pictures or take a fingerprint. “, He said. “We can’t really say black and white that’s what we’re going to do and that’s what we’re not going to do.

Sheriff Main said this decision is not a political statement, it is something they have no other choice for.

They’ll have to dip into other parts of their budget, and that’s something the Sheriff Chief wants to alleviate.

“We have to minimize it, or we can, and it probably won’t minimize it by a ton, but it’s better than doing nothing at this point to help offset that deficit,” he said. .

The county says its fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.

While the departmental services budget may seem concrete, it can be changed by budget amendments, approved by departmental commissioners.

“The budget is actually a very fluid document,” said Isabella County Comptroller Administrator Nichole Frost. “Before each October, the council sets these amounts, so if we are going to increase these budget amounts, it must come back to the commission for approval. In this process, they may choose to increase the fuel item amounts for the next budget, but they could affect the budget now. They wouldn’t have to wait.

This is already something the commission is seeking to change.

“The board can be very responsive in terms of budget to what’s happening in the larger environment,” Frost said.

Sheriff Main wants to reassure residents of Isabella County, nothing will change when it comes to answers.

“If you need us, we’re always going to answer, and we’re going to be there for those calls,” he said.

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