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County Attorney’s budget makes room for impending trial

Feb 07, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

As Henry County prepares for a trial, County Attorney Darin Stater has adjusted the 2019 fiscal budget accordingly.

During the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, Stater said that the budget is a reflection of the Michael Syperda case the county is tackling this year, increasing the budget for juries and witnesses from $500 in the 2018 fiscal year to $3,500 this year.

Stater said they encourage witnesses to drive here if at all possible and the county pays for their hotel, mileage and gas. He does expect a couple witnesses to have to fly this year, however.

“We’re just going to roll with it,” Stater said. “We’re going to see how much it costs. We may have to come back to amend.”

“We can’t control it,” agreed County Auditor Shelly Barber.

The County Attorney department is also increasing their postage and mailing budget from $200 last year to $1,000 this year. Stater said this increase is because he is expecting a lot of FedEx fees and a lot of out-of-state witnesses.

“We’re expecting 26 or so at least,” Stater said. “That’s a lot of FedEx stuff.”

In other areas of the budget, Stater is almost doubling the funds for Drug Test Kits; however, he added that whatever goes out of that line item is reimbursed.

Overall, Stater said the budget is unusually stagnant this year. Barber added that that has been the case for most departments.

In other news, last week before the snowstorm struck Monday, brush crews with the Henry County Engineer department continued to work in Winfield, completing brush cutting on Graham and moving a second crew to Jewell Ave., north of Salem Rd. Crews were also operating in Scott Township on Tuesday. On Friday, they prepared trucks for the coming snow.

The easement has been signed by the BNSF Railway for the Franklin Ave. Railroad Bridge improvements. Preliminary engineering has been started on Bridge 119 on 260th St.

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