DTF grant funding cut by half

Published 1:07 am Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It appears the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force will have to operate with at least $133,000 less in the upcoming fiscal year.

Commissioners agreed Monday to apply for the annual funding grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs; however, the amount for which the county can apply has decreased from its current level of funding at $265,000 to $132,165.

Locally, the DTF is comprised of members from the Covington County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s office and the Andalusia and Opp police departments. The cities of Florala, Lockhart, Red Level and River Falls provide logistical support.

“This is significantly lower than last year’s award,” said County Administrator Brenda Petty. “Still the application must be submitted for approval. It is a 100 percent grant, which means there is no match required, but those cities (participating) will have to increase their contributions to cover the loss.”