Wayne County is still waiting for the state’s supplemental share of the district attorney’s salary.

Wayne County is still waiting for the state’s supplemental share of the district attorney’s salary.
Under Act 57 of  2005, the state is responsible for reimbursing counties 65 percent of a full-time DA’s salary. In Wayne County’s case, that means $98,140. No monies have yet been received for 2008, said Wayne County’s Chief Clerk Vicky Lamberton at Tuesday’s Commissioner’s meeting. Commissioners say Wayne County is not alone, that other counties are in the same situation.

“Basically, in the District Attorney’s Office, we’re $98,000 over budget since we did not receive that reimbursement,” she told The Wayne Independent. Though they’re still hopeful the state will come through, Lamberton says if they don’t, monies will have to be pulled from the general fund. “It will have to come from somewhere, as a shortfall that will have to be made up in ‘09, or being able to pull from other departments,” she said.

Asked if taxpayers could end up paying a higher tax, Lamberton said, “It could result in that ...It’s definitely going to result in a budget shortfall in that category. All other items being equal, then that money is going to have to be made up next year, to make up for the shortfall from the ‘08 year.”

Lamberton said they did receive their ‘06 and ‘07 reimbursements, at over $87,000 per year.
Reading a legislative bulletin from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), Commissioner Chairman Brian Smith said, “No funding for this obligation was included in the recently adopted 08-09 Commonwealth budget ...A general fund allocation of approximately  $7.5 million is needed to meet the Commonwealth’s 2008 obligation, as well as to compensate counties for reimbursement shortfalls in 2006 and 2007. If supplemental funding is not enacted by the end of the calendar year, the failure to fund the 2008 obligation alone will have a two-year impact on county tax payers.”    

Lamberton said, “I know that the County Commissioners Association and the District Attorney’s Association have been working very hard in trying to get the legislature to make the appropriation or come up with a reasonable solution. But they’ve not been able to do that thus far.”

Commissioners are sending letters to the legislators, urging support.  

Also discussed 
• The official rededication of the Hawley Senior Center as the Robert J. Drake Senior Community Center will be held on Monday, November 10, 9:30 a.m., with activities planned throughout the day.
• Five bids were received concerning County snow plowing. Bids are being reviewed.
• A letter received from the Honesdale Community Pantry’s Secretary Alice O. Martin, said, “At present, the shelves are the leanest we have seen.” Here are the items they need: canned or packaged peanut butter, mayonnaise, pineapple, fruit cocktail, applesauce, juice, mixed vegetables, potatoes, yams, vegetable soup, chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth, dry milk, flour, sugar, milk, salad oil, tea bags, coffee, Jello, pudding mix, cake mix, various crackers (including saltines), meat, tuna fish, rice, cereal, bar soap, body wash, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, clothes detergent, and dishwashing liquid.
“All donations are gratefully received on Monday afternoons between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m., except for some holidays, unforeseen circumstances, or inclement weather,” Martin wrote.  The pantry is located in the former Foster building, a grey home located to the left of the courthouse.