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Last updated: Jun 27, 2017 - 12:29 PM

City fights sheriff's office over yearly cost increase
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:33:41 +0000
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NEWBERRY, Fla. -- A joint meeting between Newberry City Commissioners and Alachua County Commissioners ended with a dispute over the cost of Alachua County Sheriff's Office's services. 
     Newberry commissioners say the sheriff's office is asking for too much money without enough reasons to back up the increased charge. 
     The proposed contract between ASO and Newberry calls for a 16 percent increase for the next fiscal year. 
     Sheriff Sadie Darnell says the upped price is to cover growing costs around the city, but Newberry commissioners say the sheriff's office won't clarify what the extra money would cover or why it's necessary.
    Last year the city paid 740,000 dollars for services, and with the proposed increase, it would jump to 856,000. 
     The sheriff's office and city commissioners will continue working on next year's contract. 
     The current contract will expire on September 30th.
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