JONESBORO — As the Clayton County Board of Commissioners prepares to vote on the 2020 fiscal year budget, here is a closer look at the top expenses for fire and emergency services, police, the sheriff's office and the county prison. All figures are based on departmental line-item budgets submitted to the county and come out of the county's General Fund.

Clayton County Police Department ($39,373,219 total recommended)

CCPD has the largest recommended budget of the county's public safety agencies. Its biggest line-item recommendations are:

• Full-time salaries: $24,117,886

• Group insurance benefits: $4,911,960

• Other machines and equipment: $3,477,156

• Pension benefits: $3,349,811

• Medicare benefits: $1,682,783

• Overtime salaries: $1,279,219

• Additional salaries: $1,102,551

• Worker's comp benefits: $466,686

• Other contract services: $392,412

• Uniform allowance: $350,000

• Medical service fees: $304,462

Clayton County Sheriff's Office ($37,783,265 total recommended)

The four main categories in CCSO's line-item budget are Sheriff, Court Security, Jail Operations and a separate category for health savings account contributions.

CCSO's biggest line item recommendations are:

• Full-time salaries: $16,991,801

• Jail medical service fees: $6,700,000

• Jail food dietary supplies: $1,740,000

• Court security part-time salaries: $900,000

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services

CCFES keeps two separate budgets, one for fire and one for emergency services. The biggest line-item recommendations are:

Fire ($26,443,798 total recommended)

• Full-time salaries: $14,558,872

• Group insurance benefits: $2,394,649

• Fire pension benefits: $2,040,101

• Land and improvements: $1,200,000

• FICA Medicare benefits: $1,044,099

EMS ($12,607,494 total recommended)

• Full-time salaries: $7,894,073

• Group insurance benefits: $1,363,987

• Pension benefits: $1,075,845

Clayton County Corrections Department ($5,879,661 total recommended)

With the smallest budget in the group, CCCD's biggest recommended line items are:

• Full-time salaries: $3,120,982

• Group insurance benefits: $453,534

• Pension benefits: $428,071

• Additional personnel reclassification: $366,657

• Electric utilities: $331,000

• Food dietary supplies: $309,000

• Medical service fees: $225,694

• Overtime salaries: $100,000

Other items of interest in each budget include:

CCPD

 Board member fees $1,200

• Wrecker service expense $2,000

• Training and travel $123,704

• Dues and subscriptions $17,343

• Miscellaneous tool supplies $35,000

• Crime prevention investigation $39,000

• Dive supplies $3,668

• Firearm supplies $85,500

• Medical supplies $938

• Safety supplies $60,000

Various line items for narcotics operations total $38,376.

CCSO

• Advertisement expense $5,400

• Uniform allowance $190,000

• Training and travel $35,467

• Boarding supplies $27,360

• Special Operations firearm supplies $35,000

• Special Operations transport expense: $125,000

• Medical service fees: $3,500

Under "Jail Operations Other Contract Services," the Sheriff's Department had requested $210,000 for FY 2020. The recommended amount is $569,031. "Jail Operations Food Dietary Supplies" also increased $40,000 between the departmental request of $1,700,000 and the recommended FY 2020 amount of $1,740,000. The Sheriff's Department had requested $7,500 for library books for the jail; the FY 2020 recommendation is $3,000.

One line item, "Prison redistribution other," is -$88,059. 

CCFES

• Dues and subscriptions $33,885

• Uniform allowance $97,200

• Medical supplies $354,565

• Safety supplies $96,750

• Other contract services $116,541

• Billing and collection service $382,000

The department had requested $59,683 in "Other minor equipment," $5,670 for medical supplies and $5,000 for "Other machine and equipment" but the FY 2020 recommendation is $0 for each of those lines.

CCCD

• Other contract services: $5,306

• Uniform allowance: $14,250

• Postage: $200

• Other minor equipment: $25,000

• Firearm supplies: $6,635

• Medical supplies: $1,700

• Miscellaneous tool supplies: $3,115

• Dues and subscriptions: $1,224

• Training and travel: $3,000

The prison's water use budget is recommended at $72,000, which is $7,000 more than originally requested. Similarly, the gas bill budget is recommended at $21,000, which is $6,000 more than originally requested. The electric bill recommended budget is also $31,000 more than the original request of $300,000.

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners will hold a final vote June 18 on the county's proposed budget, which includes these departmental budget proposals, as the new fiscal year begins July 1.

You can see the May 21 BOC budget hearing online at https://bit.ly/31xSCB5

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