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Columbiana officials look at tight finances for 2011



Published: Fri, November 12, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.

By D.A. Wilkinson

wilkinson@vindy.com

LISBON

Columbiana County’s prosecutor is seeking more money next year to possibly hire another clerk for the municipal courts and make up for a lack of manpower to investigate cases.

Prosecutor Robert Herron on Wednesday gave the county commissioners his budget request for 2011 at $1.9 million. He received $1.4 million in 2009, and a similar amount for this year.

Herron told the commissioners his office is seeing, “a considerable drop in our caseload” mainly because police departments and task forces are short of officers to investigate cases.

Officers who had been taken off regular duties to work with various task forces, including the county’s drug task force, are going back to their regular departments.

“Drugs and violence continues,” Herron said. “But we don’t have the [law enforcement] personnel to work the cases.”

The prosecutor also asked for funding for a clerk in the county municipal courts.

Herron said prosecutors in the county courts have been trying to comply with new state court rules affecting the sharing of evidence in criminal cases with defense lawyers.

He said that a new worker was needed at the municipal court to comply with the rules. Prosecutors have been both trying cases and collecting information for the defense.

Commissioner Penny Traina, the president of the commissioners, noted, however, that the general fund for 2011 is expected to be about $17,059,000, or about $800,000 less than this year, so money will be tight for all officeholders.

The commissioners have said they plan to have the county’s budget prepared by the end of November.


Comments

1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Herron what a joke this man is! How many unsolved murders do you have in Columbiana County Herron? You recently had a man named Young murdered on Spring Valley road with no one accused,but have a man named Bograt in jail for having his ID,Car, and Checkbook. And rumor has it that this man was decapitated and laid out in the woods for weeks. Then right down from Spring Valley you had another man Named Bruce Burton who was murdered and again no suspect. Money was good then why not a suspect? This republican Mason county is in the shambles. Basically because of said CULT group. As for you clerk you want to hire I suggest have the ones you hired work harder and Herron you try it too! And take a 30% cut in pay for all these cult people.

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