Pennington County Commissioners discussed the potential 2016 budgeting shortfall reports at their December 20 meeting, reports the Rapid City Journal. The Pennington County State's Attorney noted more abuse and neglect cases than anticipated created a potential for higher costs. Pennington County is waiting for court-appointed attorneys to turn in their payment vouchers to determine the final deficit. The 2016 contingency fund has a balance of $13,320 which commissioners approved to be used.
Pennington County Commissioner Ron Buskerud questioned whether or not the creation of four full-time positions to assist with Marsy's Law was necessary following State Attorney General Marty Jackley's interpretation of the law. Marsy's Law, which was approved in the 2016 election, aims to improve the rights of victims of any type of crime. Black Hills Fox News reports that the Pennington County Board of Commissioners approved $20,000 from the General Fund to be used by the State's Attorney Office to assist with the new requirements under Marsy's Law.
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