Getting the budget right

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COUNSELOR’S CORNER - LINCOLN COUNTY ATTORNEY

The editor of the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican has afforded me opportunity to write a column every couple of months to update readers on what’s new with the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office. This first installment of “Counselor’s Corner” finds the office heading into discussions with the Board of County Commissioners to formulate a budget for the coming year.

The primary responsibility of my office is community safety and law enforcement. When I was first elected County Attorney in 2000, the community dynamic was quite different than what we see today. Back then, most everyone in Lincoln County knew each other and were lifelong residents. The demographic is different now. The population in Lincoln County and across rural America is now much more transitory - people move in and out of the area with much more frequency than before. These changes have created significant challenges for law enforcement. An increase in methamphetamine and other drug usage has spurred an increase in the property crimes and the family problems that accompany addiction. Child abuse and neglect, truancy, and care and treatment (undertaken to assist those dealing with mental illness issues) cases have increased.

 

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