State Still Owes Potter County Over $250K for DA Salary

Potter County Today

COUDERSPORT – One of the pieces of mail arriving in the Potter County Commissioners’ office this week was welcome — albeit overdue. The envelope contained a check for $49,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to cover a portion of the state’s long-overdue reimbursement of the Potter County District Attorney’s salary of 2008. An equal amount remains due in order to clear the books for 2008. Additionally, the state owes Potter County $104,550 for 2009,  representing 65 percent of the DA salary of $160,850, and has also failed to pay its share for 2010.

Potter County has footed the bill for the entire DA salary, even though Act 57 of 2005 obligates the state to pay 65 percent. Sheri Phillips, director of management services for the Office of Attorney General, explained the reason for the chronic delays: “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 make additional payments.”


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