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Carnes column: Here’s the lowdown on ‘excess funds’ in budget

Recently, there have been a couple of columns in The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway regarding the county budgeting process.
Mainly those concerns have dealt with funding for public safety (specifically for the sheriff, solicitor and public defender’s offices) and the appropriations and expenditures of excess funds from the 2013-14 budget. The implication was that these funds should be used for adding additional staff to these departments. I will be the first to state that these departments are a very important core function of government.

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