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Regular Board of Supervisors Meeting
Approve the City of Tucson High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Grant Agreement
Susana Stark, County Attorney
No A/V Presentation
BOS Signature Required
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Federal or State Mandate
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Agenda Item Text:
Approve the City of Tucson High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Grant Agreement HT-18-2826 in the amount of $155,782 between the City of Tucson and Cochise County for the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.
The HIDTA Grant will fund one drug-crime attorney III and one administrative assistant in the Cochise County Attorney's Office. The HIDTA Grant will allow the HIDTA prosecutor to prosecute drug crimes. By not renewing the grant the County will lose one experienced senior prosecutor and one administrative assistant. The County Attorney's Office will have to reduce the number of drug crime prosecutions and asset forfeiture seizures due to a lack of manpower. If the County were to pay for these personnel out of the general fund, taxpayers would assume the added expense. The county attorney's office is mandated to prosecute crimes. This grant works in conjunction with Southeastern Arizona Major Investigative Team (SAMIT) headed by the DEA; the Cochise County Sheriff's HIDTA. Not renewing this grant would jeopardize law enforcement drug grants and the Byrne grant. Fiscal Impact & Funding Sources: Funding of 1 prosecutor and 1 support staff with no impact to the general fund and continue with drug prosecutions in Cochise County.
Department's Next Steps (if approved):
Once approved by the Board, the Department will forward the paperwork to the City of Tucson for their final approval, signature and funding.
Impact of NOT Approving/Alternatives:
The question is whether the Board wishes to decline HIDTA Grant funding and eliminate the two positions currently funded by the HIDTA Grant; or decline the grant and pay the two positions out of the general fund; or accept the grant and absorb the overhead costs associated with the grant.
To BOS Staff: Document Disposition/Follow-Up:
Three (3) originals provided. Advise CAO upon Board approval. Return two (2) signed Agreements to CAO. Send a certified copy of the Board Minutes approving the agreement, as soon as it is available, to CAO.
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Cochise County Grant Approval Form
Grant Agreement HIDTA - 2018
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