Dale County - Leaders with the Wiregrass Violent Crimes and Drug Task Force got some bad news. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, better known as ADECA, has cut their funding.
The task force is losing 40 percent of its funding.
Let’s look at the numbers.
With the $70,000 they’ll receive from ADECA, and 25% funding match from Ozark and Dale County they’ll have $94,000 to operate on next year.
Last year, they operated with about $170,000. That’s about $80,000 loss.
The task force was formed more than a decade ago.
Investigators handle the worst crimes, like murder, rape, robberies, and drugs.
Leaders say this cut will make it difficult to operate, but they do not plan to cut any jobs.
They will just work smarter financially.
Ozark Police Chief Toney Spivey said, “It’s a hard thing to swallow, but we’ve got a commitment to the community and to the citizens and we’re going to continue to do our job regardless of the task force funding being reduced or not. We’ve got a job to do, and we have to find a different way to do that job.”
Chief Spivey said the task force board has met, and discussed some options to save money. He wouldn’t elaborate any further, but he did seem confident they would be able to balance the budget.
The task force was started in 1996. At that time, they received $600,000 in funding.