Broward Sheriff Scott Israel and the county administration didn't come to terms over the summer, after his request for a large budget increase. They're still pretty far apart.
In a letter to county commissioners, Israel says the amount the county wants to give him is not enough.
But he does offer what he calls a compromise. He asks for $7 million more than the county's offer, saying he'll use it to pay for employee retirement packages after the state increased the contributions local governments -- and the employees -- must pay.
The sheriff and commissioners sit down tomorrow for a face-to-face talk.
Commissioners meet all day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to talk about the budget. The talk with the sheriff is expected at 11 a.m., according to the letter.
Come to 115 S. Andrews Ave., on the fourth floor. I'm sure the library ladies will be there.
The sheriff had asked for $432.4 million from the county, as part of his overall $737 million spending plan, (part of which is paid directly by cities that contract with BSO).
The county offered Israel $391.6 million, an increase over last year's budget, which was $374.5 million.
(Note to bean counters: I've removed $23.7 million that was in both budget numbers for 911 dispatch; it is no longer in BSO's budget, it's in the countywide budget).
The county also said he could use the approximately $10 million he will have left over when this budget year ends on Sept. 30.
Israel says he needs $7 million on top of that.
Even so, he'll have to make deep cuts, he says.
But Ron Gunzburger, the agency's general counsel, said he has drawn one line in the sand, under his $398.6 million plan: There'll be no layoffs.
For more detail on spending at BSO, and the number of employees and their raises in recent years (hint: 9 percent for deputies in 2009 and 2010 - and 8 percent this coming budget year - not bad), click here.