TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Council has approved its $40 million budget for 2018.
County Auditor Bob Plantenga says the amount is about the same as last year.
Some budget increases involve the court system and prisoner housing.
The Public Defenders Office added nine positions because of increased caseloads.
An additional half-million dollars is going to Community Corrections due to an increased population.
Plantenga says the county is growing and with it comes an increase in crime.
"With the drug issues going on we need more financial resources put towards the coroner's office. More towards the Sheriff's Department," said Plantenga.
Now, we are going to be housing people who should be in the jail – we're going move them over to Community Corrections."
The Coroner's Office was granted an additional $54,000 to deal with its additional caseloads.