County calls on state to foot costs of indigent defense system

NORWICH – In an ongoing effort to minimize local government expenses that are inflicted by a growing number of state mandates, the Chenango County Board of Supervisors is calling on state government to fully fund the county’s indigent legal defense system.

A resolution that was unanimously passed by the board last week describes the benefit to local taxpayers if the state were to pick up the whole tab for the county’s indigent defense system. According to that resolution, “the shift of costs for this state mandated service has become so imbalanced that the counties of New York now cover more than 80 percent of the cost burden.”

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