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Monday, November 26, 2012

State Owes Potter County For DA Salary

State Owes Potter County For DA Salary

scalesPotter 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.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

lets not pay him. he has done nothing he promised. he allows people to plea to misdemeanors when he could convict them of felonys at trial. still waiting to hear what happens to owner of roadside who beat up my friend. probably a slap on the wrist when he has beat up another person who he was threatened by....

Anonymous said...

Doesn't anyone else remember that when Watson campaigned against Fink he said he would only accept a portion of the salary because he thought $168,000 was TOO HIGH? That was one of the reasons I voted for him. Why don't the news reporters around here ask him why he didn't keep his word on that? I can't believe he just got a pass on that important issue.

Anonymous said...

168k a year to process probation vioators and dead beat dads, and we wonder why the country is in debt......

Anonymous said...

The Leader Enterprise had another front page article regarding the money that Watson said he would give back to the County. In that article it was explained that he would still be required to pay the taxes on that money. After that the political promise to give the money to the County was not mentioned again by him.

The DA does not prosecute "dead beat dad's" that is done by domestic relations although in some cases he can file criminal charges for certain criteria.

Probation violations are filed by Probation and are heard in front of the Judge the same day that all other matters are addressed.

It's clear that there are different opinions about his salary and such, but it's unfair to judge that based on things stated above that are in fact not true.

Anonymous said...

Who is wondering why the country is debt? The country is in debt because we've spent $1,397,121,978,518 (yes, this is a real number) destroying and rebuilding Iraq for no apparent reason. If anyone shouldn't have accepted their full salary it was Bush.

Anonymous said...

And why can't we sue that state of PA for the money owed, plus interest??

Anonymous said...

10:36:00 P.M ---

This should have nothing to do with the fact whether or not the person owns the Roadside. Unless you know both sides of the story, you shouldn't run your mouth about facts that you truly know nothing about. Just remember there is always two sides to every story and you CLEARLY ONLY know ONE. & Unsure why someone should be charged with a felony, when he was only defending his family.

Anonymous said...

You would think he could afford a suit that fits him with that kind of money.