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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

State Lags; Potter County Covers Shortfall For DA’s Salary

Potter County recently received a $24,122 check from the state government, covering another overdue installment of the state’s share of District Attorney’s Andy Watson’s salary. The state still owes Potter County some $114,122 for the DA’s salary in 2016.
Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent of a full-time DA’s $175,572 salary. When those payments lag, the county covers the entire cost, a situation that does not sit well with the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Other counties with full-time district attorneys face a similar shortfall. According to a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not have enough funds to reimburse the full amount. As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, the state will make a partial payment for 2015.