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|Finance Committee Recommends CASA Fees
|CASA of Knox County stopped by the Knox County Finance Committee meeting Wednesday night to request $7,000 in funding from the County.
According to CASA Executive Director Hannah Malley, their budget is going up significantly for the year because they intend to hire a new part-time volunteer coordinator position.
CASA specializes in juvenile neglect and dependency cases that go through the court system. Apart from sharing their funding request, CASA is also attempting to implement a measure recently signed by Governor Pat Quinn.
The bill entitles CASA programs to charge court fees for certain case types - something committee members said was better than nothing.
Malley says ensuring the fines are paid is a point of concern which is why she didn't budget for the fees.
"Even if the fines do get paid I figure it's gonna take a while to at least start since we are at the bottom of the list anyway. The States Attorneys Office has said they will be willing to write in a, I understand they just got new forms that don't have us listed, but they would be willing to write it in on there and help draft the resolution."
The maximum amount CASA can currently charge is a $30 fee, but the committee recommended charging a $5 fee in order to leave the organization room to increase the amount.
The proposal lays out which situations would provide additional funds, but County Treasurer Robin Davis said her department would need to figure out how to allow CASA to access those monies.
Committee members recommended the measure with one abstention.
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