Details about the shortfall were released at Tuesday’s Commissioner’s meeting. The county will only receive about $120,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency this year to provide support to victims of a crime. Commissioner Diane Meling says the money is split with Family Services -- and that leaves the county with a $29,000 shortfall.
Meling acknowledged the importance of Family Services to the community, but says they at least have the opportunity to conduct private fundraisers.
District Attorney Richard Consiglio is asking the courts to impose a fee on ARD offenders to help cover the costs. Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is available for first time DUI offenders.