PCSO offsets cost to taxpayers with revenue sources

RAPID CITY S.D. – Running a law enforcement agency isn’t cheap. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office alone had a budget of $33 million in 2018.

But officials are working to offset some of the cost from the taxpayers. Last week, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office published their annual report. It says 46 percent of the budget is offset by outside revenues, lowering the impact on taxpayers.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom says he use a variety of income sources to run his office like a business.

“That comes from serving civil papers to housing federal inmates, other county inmates,” said Sheriff Thom, “You see our bus that goes across the state twice a week transporting prisoners, that generates revenue for Pennington County.”

Out of the county’s nearly $100 million budget, about a third of it goes to the Sheriffs Office.

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