Probation office seeks help in financial pinch

Fewer people have been sentenced to probation in Greenwood, and now the city office isn’t making enough money to pay all its bills.

From 2012 to 2013, the probation office’s income dropped by $100,000, and officials aren’t sure why fewer offenders are being sent to probation, who then pay the fees that fund the office. For 18 years, the probation office covered all salaries with fees that people on probation pay, as well drug user evaluation and drug test fees, Judge Lewis Gregory said.

But this month, the judge asked the city board of public works and safety to pay for six months of health insurance costs for the office’s three employees. The board agreed to pay for three months, or up to $20,000, and then consider his request again if he needs to extend that to six months.

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