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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

State Finally Pays County 2009 DA Salary Share

Potter County Today
Timely news from the Potter County government

State Finally Pays County 2009 DA Salary Share

scalesThe Potter County Commissioners this week received a payment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of about $60,000, covering the final portion of the state’s long-overdue reimbursement of the District Attorney’s 2009 salary.

The state still owes Potter County $104,550 for 2010, representing 65 percent of the DA salary of $160,850, and owes $106,350 for 2011, for the current DA salary of $163,600.

Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent. Because the state has failed to pay its share, the county has been covering the entire salary, a situation that does not sit well with the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Other counties with full-time districts attorney face a similar shortfall.

According to a spokesman for the Office of Attorney General, “The Criminal Justice Enhancement Account does not currently have enough funds to reimburse the full amount . . . As the funds continue to accumulate in the account, we will begin to make partial payments for 2010.”

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

Just a down payment on the 3 murder trials I suspect.

Anonymous said...

if the state cannot pay for the da then he should be allowed to do private work that would not conflict with his position as a da.

Anonymous said...

Those who feel called to serve on any gov't level in PA, don't deserve to only receive partial payments ... whether through county funds or directly. How many individuals would like such a job? "Sir (Ma'am), this position pays "X" $$$, but you will only receive a portion of that. Do a great job, put up with a great deal of criticism, and perhaps some day the full amount will be available."
How many of us would like to stand in that line?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry I don't think he is working without pay, the taxpayers are paying his salary through the county, the county just isn't being reimbursed by the state when they should be.

Anonymous said...

From my understanding the DA is receiving full salary from the county so he's not going without. It is the county that is getting victimized waiting for the money that the state clearly owes.

Anonymous said...

Thought he ran for office stating he would not take any pay or pay raise?!
Looks like he got his "cola", how bout you?!

Anonymous said...

12:50...this isn't even Andy's pay. It belongs to Dawn from what I understand

Anonymous said...

12:50-The back pay for '09 is still what was already paid to Dawn Fink. The current DA did not take over until 2010. Also, I don't remember him saying he would "not take any pay or pay raise" (would you-I DOUBT IT!) He said he would hold off on the full amount until the state reimbursed the county the 65%. However the commissioners declined his offer, so it is hardly his fault the county has to dish out the extra. And, I don't know about you, but I would not want his job for all the money in the world. Especially with these murder trials coming up.

Mark Blair said...

Why is everyone anonymous with their comments? We don't live in China or alike. As citizens I think most of us certainly want to pay our elected officials 100 percent for their time. However prudence and careful thought into the resourses and hours nessecary for prosecution depending on the offense is expected of our appointed official. And we hope an expect them to do a good job for the pay. As I think others would agree, We want our DA to prosecute real crimials and not just milk the coffers spending paid time on minor offenses. Now if that is not enough to compensate the DA in a rural area and he can provide legal advice without conflict of interest, I don't see a problem with that. ....Just my opion...

Anonymous said...

Mark: ???
I have no idea what point you are trying to make.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Mark does either!

Mark Blair said...

I'm saying the DA in Potter Co has always done well by spending more to prosecute less crimes than other Counties..... The china or alike quote; If you can't understand can't help cause I'm too busy to explain.... And anonymous means nothing. So sign it or shut up.