MOUNT VERNON — The budget meeting between Dr. Jennifer Ogle, Knox County coroner, and the Knox County Commissioners on Thursday was short and swift.
Ogle’s target number is $82,689; her revised budget comes in at $92,462. The two highest budget items are personnel, at $34,782, and contracted services, at $45,000. Contracted services include autopsies, transportation connected with autopsies and an answering service. Ogle said she renegotiated the costs associated with transportation.
“What I lowered for the transportation, almost pays for the investigators,” she said.
The problem, said Commissioner Allen Stockberger, is that autopsies are not predictable.
Ogle said the cost of autopsies has gone up by about $200 across the state.
“We have no control over that,” she said.
As with the other budget meetings, Stockberger said the numbers are preliminary and will be reviewed later in the year.
“Even with the increase in autopsies, we are still able to get around a 10 percent reduction [in the budget],” he said.
“Having a business, I understand that things can change from one day to the next,” said Ogle. “I understand we may have to tighten up.”