Dubois County Commissioners Review Budgets for 2025

The Dubois County Board of Commissioners met on Monday morning with a full agenda of budget requests and improvements slated for the coming year. Life Springs presented an overview of their current services and the ways that they partner with the community to serve Dubois County. Life Springs provides comprehensive behavioral health and addiction services, as well as primary care. They operate both group living homes as well as transitional housing for adults in recovery from substance abuse, mental illness, or development problems, and also have an around the clock mobile crisis center to respond to immediate needs. Their report included a breakdown of the number of patients seen in the previous year and the many services that they access while in the center’s care. In 2024, there were 1,209 individual, unique patients, many of whom access services multiple times throughout the year. 

Jenny Matheis of the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission provided the Commissioners with the Radon Inspector Quotes for the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program, and permission was given to move forward with a contract for First Choice Home Solutions. The Commissioners heard a proposal from County Sherriff Tom Kleinhelter regarding some concerns surrounding courthouse security. Kleinhelter said that department team members observed courthouses from surrounding counties to help determine best practices for enhancing courthouse security measures. His proposal included the implementation of bag detection and body scanning as well as the addition of two officers so that there could be two officers stationed at the front and two officers free to circulate the building. Additional costs related to new equipment will hopefully be defrayed by grant funding, and the creation of the two new officer positions will be paid for by the county. The Commissioners expressed their support for the proposal, pending the creation of job descriptions and the approval of the Council. 

The Commission approved a 2025 budget request from Solid Waste Management Division in the amount of $258,000 for Dubois County, which is the same amount as last year. Budget requests for 2025 were also approved for Adult Protective Services, the Older Americans Center, and Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, which all provide services that support Dubois County residents ranging from providing senior programming to assisting disabled residents with specific needs.

For more information on these and other updates, visit duboiscountyin.org/government

- By Drew Hasselbring