As part of an effort to trim the county budget, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is cutting condiments from the budget. Prisoners will have to go without mustard, ketchup, sweeteners and jelly — saving taxpayers $150,000. Her office might also charge inmates for pickles, trimming another $84,000. But considering the county asked her to find $6 million in cuts, Sheriff Lupe is going to have to do better than that.
Texas Government Insider reports that county commissioners want to freeze salaries in the department, but the sheriff wants to offer $2 million in raises.
That’s a whole lot of pickles.