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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Potter County Receives Portion Of DA Reimbursement

State Sends Balance of DA's Salary For 2007
As the Potter County Commissioners begin preliminary work on the county’s 2010 operating budget, they are dealing with a major uncertainty: state reimbursment of more than $200,000 for a portion of the District Attorney’s salary.

Chief Clerk/Director of Administration Todd Brown reported last week that the Commonwealth recently made a payment of just under $11,000 to the county, which completed the reimbursement that has been overdue since 2007. However, Brown said, the county is still owed almost $102,000 for 2008 and has not received any payment yet for 2009. Legislation requires the state to pay 65 percent of the District Attorney’s salary. Potter County Today

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Why is the county paying the state share in the first place? Seems to me that our DA could survive on the county portion and wait until the state pays her themselves for its share. Is the county legally obligated to pay the state share or are we doing simply out of the goodness of our hearts? With so much unemployment in this county and taxes too high for most of us as it is, I really need this explained to me.

Anonymous said...

I believe it's a state mandate that county has to pay that salary. I want quality people for judge and DA, but I think a one-size salary fits all counties for these positions is misguided public policy. That being said, these people should be compensated well because they have extremely challenging jobs, but probably based on population there should be some tiered salaries across the state...just a thought that could be aired to our state legislators.

Anonymous said...

Good thing business owners in the Commonwealth of PA do not pay their "bills" like Harrisburg does or they would all have liens against them and be shut down!

Ole do as I say not as I do Rendell! Ha

Anonymous said...

We'll MS.DA would you be willing to take a pay cut? At the advice of the Governor?

Anonymous said...

She is going to be taking a pay cut when Watson wins the seat!

Anonymous said...

Go Dawn Fink, you have my vote! You have done a great job for Potter County and I see no reason for "change"!

Anonymous said...

It seems that we need to plan to not receive these monies and take the necessary budgetary planning steps. Is the DA in Potter Country really worth $168k? NO...How about a salary alignment that the people of Potter County can afford, not Philadelphia rates...

Anonymous said...

DA salaries are set by state law. The counties have no say in that. It is not up to the county or the DA, as the salary is determined by the Pennsylvania legislature. Thus, lay off the candidates on this issue as it isn'r a local issue!

Anonymous said...

I guess if someone writes about a person Jim likes it never makes it to this blog. Jim, you should be open minded and not choose what you want to read. This is a "blog"
afterall.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

If I choose not to post your comment, I am sure that you could send it to the Potter Leader Enterprise or the Endeavor News along with your name and address as a letter to the editor. If you are talking about the candidates for DA, I like both of them and see no reason to try to trash either one of them. I have rejected comments meant to trash both of them and will continue to use my discretion in what I post.

Anonymous said...

Jim's blog, Jim's choice for everything.

Why does everyone want to tell Jim how to run his blog?