|The Knox County Finance Committee sat down for the first time Monday night to review the fiscal year 2014 budget.
Increased expenses, lacking state payments, and stagnant tax revenues account for budget shortfalls.
Costs associated with the Knox County Sheriff's Department showed an additional 270-thousand dollars budgeted for 911 communications and 44-thousand dollars budgeted for inmate medical expenses.
The Finance Committee questioned the percentage the County pays for 911 communications services compared with the City of Galesburg at one point asking if providing a 911 service is even required.
Sheriff David Clague says the County has not made much progress attempting to renegotiate 911 expenses.
"If the population is declined both from the County and the City than I would say that it should be based upon a number of calls for service that would earn into it typically Galesburg places responding to say 30,000 verses 6,000 for the Sheriffs Department."
Committee members also questioned the fees associated with housing juvenile offenders at the Mary Davis home. The home is owed millions of dollars from the State of Illinois.
Several board members suggested raising the fee from its current rate of $110 to the State norm of $150.
The committee plans to meet twice more in September before putting its budget on display in October.