Jefferson County District Attorney to request 15 percent budget increase

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office will need $840,000 more in the next fiscal year for prosecutors to meet public demand, D.A. Cory Crenshaw said Monday.

Crenshaw on Tuesday will propose to Commissioners a budget plan that request a 15 percent increase in funding.

The increase will be used by the D.A.'s office to supplement the newly created task force. It will also provide resources to implement new programs such as county-wide 'No Refusal' program to deter drunk driving, and also add two new attorneys to the office.

While the proposal is pricey, Crenshaw said his plan will make criminals pay in more ways than one.

"I believe it is absolutely necessary. I'm trying to offer and implement programs that are also allowing more money to come into the county, not from taxpayers but from those that are causing the problems and the crime," Crenshaw said.

The budget hearing will be a 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.


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