ESCANABA - The Delta County Board of Commissioners officially adopted the budget for fiscal year 2012-13 at its Tuesday meeting.
According to Delta County Administrator Nora Viau, this year's general fund includes a balanced budget of $9,193,308 - which is down nearly $800,000 from two years ago.
The board passed multiple routine budgetary motions at the meeting. During a motion to adopt the budget, Commissioner Dave Moyle voiced his concerns about the funding of the prosecutor's office.
The prosecutor's office has addressed the board in the past about understaffing issues.
The board had previously approved former retired office manager Carol Kinnart to return to the office two days a week to help relieve the workload in the prosecutor's office.
"Noting my gratitude for the work that administration has done ... and respecting the opinions of the members of this board, I have my opinions on the prosecutor's office and what I think they're going to be facing because of a deteriorating society," said Moyle, during the meeting. He said he believes the office needs to be funded to a higher level.
Elegeert explained that he, Viau, and prosecutor's office representatives have met to resolve the matter.
"Their budget is adequate," said Elegeert. "However, they do want some more money for Ms. Kinnart and there is a method in which they can get it, but they need to work towards increasing their grant. They understand that and they have the ability to do it, and they're willing to accept that."
According to Viau following the meeting, the prosecutor's office has already sent in its original grant application, which is being processed. They now must wait until it's approved to get an amendment to request the additional funding for their office. She also noted the office is looking at increasing reimbursements for some of the case work they do for abuse cases and neglect cases to help with funding.
After hearing this update, the board voted to approve the 2012-13 budget by a unanimous vote of 5 to 0.