By: Tim Murray
LAGRANGE - The use of infraction deferral funds in Indiana is restricted by state law to purposes that benefit the county prosecutor’s office and law enforcement.
While the statute states that the fiscal body appropriates or gives permission to spend those funds, it also makes reference to those uses being agreed upon by the fiscal body and the prosecutor.
That’s the word from Debbie Gibson, the Director of County Services for the Indiana State Board of Accounts.
Just how that money is used is determined under guidelines adopted by the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.
We posed the question of what happens when the county council and prosecutor disagree on an expenditure to Connie Smith, Public Affairs Officer for the Prosecuting Attorneys Council. She’s researching the issue.
This all became relevant Monday when the LaGrange County Council agreed to place a request for about $24,000 for a new interview recording system at the sheriff’s department.
The request came from Sheriff Terry Martin and County I-T Director Bob Murphy, not from Prosecutor Jeff Wible.
Council seems ready to appropriate the money without Wible’s approval. The county commissioners are having their attorney research the legality of such a move.
You can read the Indiana Code relating to infraction deferral funds HERE