A rise in infant deaths and overdoses in Jefferson County has left the coroner’s office wallet empty only four months into their 2015 budget.
Officials with the County Coroner’s office approached the commissioners asking for $10,000 in emergency funding because they’ve already had to spend the $16,000 they were given in January.
Chief Investigator for the county coroner’s office Debbie Welsch says it’s unusual for them to be asking for money this early– but they’re doing everything they can do save money.
“We try to do it as efficiently and cost effectively as possible so whether we are seeking a discount with the amount of cases we do we are always trying to find the lowest and best price but unfortunately the lowest is not always the best but we want to do a good job but we want to try to contain costs,” said Welsch.
The money that the county gives them is used for autopsies and toxicology tests for overdoses or suspected overdoses.
With two suspected abuse cases, two undetermined cause of death cases, and three children who lost their lives in a fire, plus overdoses, it’s easy to see how that money has been used up so quickly.
However, Welsch is hopeful that the $10,000 that the commissioners provided her with today will last them until the end of the year.