At 9:00 A.M. the Hinds County Board of Supervisors will have a special meeting to discuss last week's 3 to 2 vote to cut $2.5 million from the Hinds County Sheriff's Department budget.
In letters on the Hinds County Sheriff Department Facebook page, Sheriff Tyrone Lewis wrote that cutting his budget by $2.5 million would reduce his revenue to just over $18 million. Sheriff Lewis said that would leave about $16 million for salaries and $2 million for food and fuel expenses, leaving $100,000 left for operating expenses.
Lewis also wrote that "as it stands now, with the cuts to our budget, I will be forced to lay off hard working and certified employees, cut valuable services this department provides for Hinds County and scale back on the success we have had fighting crime."
Supervisors Kenneth Stokes, Doug Anderson and Phil Fisher voted in favor of the budget cut, while Supervisors Peggy Calhoun and Robert Graham don't agree with the cut.
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