For 2019, the Butler County Public Defender Commission’s budget was $2.1 million, and the lawyers expected to receive 42 percent reimbursement from the state, about $882,000.
Jack Grove, chairman of the Butler County Public Defenders Commission, said the biggest impact will probably be to county’s general fund, because they have no immediate plans to increase spending.
“I don’t see there being a big change if there is a 100 percent reimbursement,” Grove said. “This is a mandated service. We have a no frills budget, we don’t even have any discretionary money in the budget. We make due. Every year the county commissioners are responsive to our needs and we’re in competition with all the other agencies that have need.”