State Owes Potter County For DA SalaryPotter County last month received a payment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of about $75,000, covering another portion of the state’s long-overdue reimbursement of District Attorney’s 2011 salary. The state still owes Potter County $31,340 for 2011. Further, Pennsylvania owes Potter County almost $110,000 for 2012, its share of the current DA salary of $168,541.
Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent of a full-time DA’s salary and the county makes up the difference. Because the state has failed to pay its share, Potter County has been covering the entire salary. Pennsylvania lawmakers have refused to pay the state’s share out of the general fund. Instead, in 2008 they established a special fund where criminal justice fines and fees would be collected and paid out periodically to help pay DA salaries.
Annual collections have been insufficient to meet the amount due to counties. Last year, the legislature passed measures to dedicate additional fines and costs into the fund. Administrators forecast that the fund will eventually generate enough collections to cover the state’s payments in a more timely manner.