A full-time Superior Court commissioner, two clerks and four correction officers are among the wish list additions Franklin County elected officials and department heads will present to commissioners this week.
But whether those requests become a reality will depend on how Franklin County wrestles with its preliminary 2012 budget that has a deficit of about $1.8 million.
The county's draft 2012 operating budget is estimated to have about $24.3 million in expenses but $22.5 million in revenues, according to county documents.
The draft budget changes daily as each department meets with commissioners and staff to discuss its portion of the budget in detail this week.
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While some departments such as Franklin County District Court and the bi-county Office of Public Defense don't anticipate any major budget changes in 2012, others are hoping to add staff that was cut when the county slashed its budget mid-2009 and in 2010 after sales tax revenues plummeted.
And the county's public works budget, which is part of the miscellaneous budgets, is expecting to significantly decrease in road maintenance next year to deal with budget restraints.
Here is a breakdown of some of the proposed changes:
* Sheriff Richard Lathim hopes to regain five of six cut positions.
Lathim said he is asking for an additional deputy, which would cost about $72,000, and four more correctional officers, which would cost $208,000.
While staffing has decreased, the work load has increased, Lathim said. The sheriff's office would still be short a deputy sheriff from 2009 levels.
* The clerk's office is asking for two more deputy clerks to help handle an increased workload.
Clerk Michael Killian said he is asking to fill a position for a deputy clerk that was removed from his budget May 2009. That clerk would work in civil and domestic cases, which have seen the highest increase in filings in the past several years.
And adding a second deputy clerk would help increase the speed in filing new cases and providing online public access to court files, Killian said. It also would allow the office to be open to the public between noon and 1 p.m.
Additional staff would allow the office to collect on more legal financial obligations and restitution, he said. Right now, one staff member has more than 5,000 cases to collect on.
The positions would cost around $88,000, Killian said.
But the office would recoup the cost of those positions with the $100 fee the office receives for each case on which it is actively collecting legal financial obligations or restitution.
* Superior Court is requesting a part-time court commissioner be moved to full time to help deal with the increased caseload. Court Administrator Pat Austin said it's a request Superior Court has made for several years.
Superior Court needs a little more than 10 judicial officers, according to the state Office of Court Administration, which include judges and commissioners; it has 8.5, she said.
"The population has increased dramatically in recent times and with it brings all levels of caseload increases from criminal matters to divorces," she said.
The change to the court commissioner position would increase the budget by $78,270, with $20,898 paid by Franklin County and $57,372 by Benton County, Austin said.
* The budget for county public works changes each year depending on what grants the department receives for projects, said Tim Fife, county public works director and engineer.
Fife said he initially asked for $12.8 million, but that was cut to $10.2 million for the preliminary 2012 budget.
Balancing his budget required eliminating the gravel replacement program and cutting the chip-seal program in half, which means only 40 miles of paved roads will receive chip seal instead of the 85 needed to keep county roads at standard, Fife said.
Projects that are slated for 2012 include paving about two miles of Peterson Road to create public access to Juniper Dunes, extending Road 100 past Pasco city limits and replacing Filbert Bridge.
* Prosecutor Shawn Sant said he hopes to have some staff changes but isn't sure yet what the prosecutor's office budget will look like.
The office will have a $100,000 loss in revenue because a gang grant expires this year, Sant said. The grant paid for a deputy prosecutor. The office is pursuing other grants to assist with prosecution costs.
"Our office will continue to work as efficient as possible with the available resources," Sant said. "The likely impact would be delays in reviewing out-of-custody case screenings for charging, as the in-custody cases will have priority."
* The coroner's office will be asking that more than $5,000 be added to its budget to provide extra help and pay for accreditation.
Coroner Dan Blasdel said $3,000 will be needed to renew the accreditation of the coroner's office with the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners.
Because the county started partnering with the Benton County coroner's office for morgue space this year, an onsite review will be needed to renew that accreditation, which Blasdel said means the office is run by a set of standards recognized nationwide.
Another $2,000 will be needed for extra help because Blasdel said he will travel more in 2012.