The Palm Beach County Commission this week gave final approval to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1st.
The $835 million is a year-over-year increase and Sheriff Ric Bradshaw tells us that's unavoidable.
"Look, there are some things you've got to understand that I have to budget for and there's gonna be an increase. Guess what? Gas. I use millions of gallons of gas, so when there's a price increase that goes up. Food service...food costs more to feed prisoners."
The sheriff calls them "uncontrollable" costs.
"I can't stop feeding the prisoners. I can't stop giving them health care coverage. And then the employees...they would like a cost of living raise, which we figured in this time."
He says the money that's budgeted is for the benefit of the people living in the county...to keep them safe.