Sheridan County asks Legislators for help - KOTA Territory News

Sheridan County asks Legislators for help

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County officials in Wyoming want their Legislators to ease up on state funding cuts when they meet for their next session in January

Sheridan County told multiple Legislators during a Wednesday forum that officials had to reduce the budget by 30 percent over the last two years and commissioners continue to worry about declining revenues.

 "The Legislature's looking now at cutting some state funding as well.  But we've already done that and we really can't afford to take additional cuts to our budget without some impact on the services to the people of Sheridan," said Sheridan County Commissioner Steve Maier.

The county's justice office hopes lawmakers will reconsider a costly requirement for its drug court.  The office must meet federal standards similar to Wyoming's in order to receive state funding.

"There'd be a pretty significant financial burden on especially the smaller programs and there's also quite a bit of duplication in what we're already required to do," said Neal Madson, with the Sheridan County Justice Office.

County drug courts must have federal certification by the end of next year.  Sheridan County only has state certification.

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