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Roundtree's first budget proposal

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Augusta commissioners got their first look at the 2014 budget Wednesday afternoon.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree presented his first budget requesting a little over $61 mil, 6.5 increase from last year.

Sheriff Roundtree said the money will go to equip every officer with tasers, surveillance cameras and a-one-time raise for officers, which hasn't happened in 5 years.

"I know the same is true of all county employees but the challenges that we have in law enforcement is different from other employees," Roundtree said. "I just want to compensate them - not just compensate them for the job their doing but so that we can recruit some talented people and keep them in this city to make this city safe."

"I think if we do this, it will make us extremely competitive and that we want to be the premiere law enforcement agency that we know we can be."

Richmond County Sheriff's Office Budget Proposal

• 272 Tasers to continue 90 percent decrease in jail staff workers compensation claims

• 350 body cams to increase accountability

• Four vehicles for newly formed gang task force

• Expansion of South Precinct Complex

• Crime Scene Investigation truck to replace 2004 Ford F250, which has $125,000 miles

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