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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 11/8/2007 

 Sheriff Judd Returns $5.1 Million to Board of County Commissioners 

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd presented a check for $5,106,035 to the Board of County
Commissioners (BoCC) of unspent Sheriff’s Office funds from fiscal year 2006-2007, on
Wednesday, November 7, 2007, during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting. The
county had budgeted to receive only $2.4 million back from the Sheriff’s Office, which included
Animal Control fees of $661,462, for the fiscal year.

“This is the third year in a row that we have given back unspent money to the county. In all
we’ve returned $20.8 Million since fiscal year 2004-2005,” Sheriff Judd said. “These are
hard-earned taxpayer dollars we are talking about—we don’t spend money at the end of
the year just because we have it. If we don’t absolutely need all of our budgeted funds, I
will return it to the County Commissioners—it is just the right thing to do.”

Sheriff Judd described the breakdown of funds returned to the county:

Unspent personnel funds: $3.4 Million

Unspent operating & capital budgets: $749,667

Other revenue: $951,283

During the presentation, Sheriff Judd asked that a portion of the returned funds be set
aside to plan for future needs, such as the new county public safety center and the new
joint telecommunications center being planned by the Board of County Commissioners.
The new building is necessitated by the court house expanding into the existing Sheriff’s
Operations Center in Bartow. The new building is set for ground-breaking in January
2008. “As a fiscal conservative, this just makes sense,” said Sheriff Judd. “Let’s save this
money for things we know we will have to pay for later.”