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Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 3:33pm

Municipal Court Judge Elizabeth Allen, left, and Court Administrator Juanita McNiel present the Municipal Court Judge's budget Monday night. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the $589,322 budget for the Municipal Court during the budget hearing Monday night.

Municipal Judge Elizabeth Allen highlighted the following items in her presentation:

  • Maintain a flat budget from previous years –but transition the community service coordinator from an independent contractor to a .50 FTE in order to comply with IRS Independent contractor services.  No additional funds are needed to bring this into compliance because the money from independent contractor being utilized efficiently. 
  • The Municipal Court will continue to offer the community optimal customer service with fair, efficient and impartial resolution of all matters brought before the Municipal Court. 
  • Continue support of the community with Teen Court, Probation and Pre-trial Release programing that services magistrate and district courts.
  • Reduces jail expenses by offering Electronic Monitoring, Alcohol Monitoring and Drug Testing.

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