Ohio Counties Want More Access To Seized Assets

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dayton, Ohio (AP) -- A group that represents county commissioners from across Ohio wants state legislators to make it easier for counties to use seized assets from drug cases to pay for essential services in a time of widespread budget cuts.

The County Commissioners' Association of Ohio says lawmakers should allow counties to more freely use special purpose funds, which includes money and other items taken during criminal investigations.

By law, sheriffs can only use seized assets for equipment, such as guns or computers.

In Montgomery County, Sheriff Phil Plummer says he could use the $1 million he has in two funds to pay for the salaries of 15 laid-off deputies and officers.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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