Having read the letter to the editor published March 16 concerning the budget of the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office, I felt I should respond with accurate information regarding the budget process. The budget for the upcoming year is prepared in April and May of the current year and sent to the county clerk's office for comprehensive review by the board of county commissioners. Public hearings are held before the commissioners approve a final budget. The first budget I dealt with was prepared by the prior administration. At the end of the fiscal year, all remaining funds were returned to the county commissioners. Current budgets are prepared by me and members of my senior staff, including the chief and three captains of the sheriff's office. Capt. Tim Miller, commander of the Civil Division of the department, also serves as my budget director. We, as the staff, scrutinize the budget expenditures at weekly staff meetings to ensure our fiscal goals are achieved and, as a responsible steward of my department's tax dollars, all excess funds are returned to the county commissioners. I believe in absolute transparency, and am always available to answer any questions people may have about the Twin Falls County Sheriff's office. Thank you.
(Editor's note: Tom Carter is the Twin Falls County sheriff.)