Cuts For Drug Task Forces In Federal Budget Could Result In Loss of Agencies

Funding cuts for drug task forces in the current federal budget could result in the loss of four to six of the agencies in Kentucky.

Members of the National Narcotic Officers' Association Coalition and the Kentucky Narcotic Officers Association say they believed they would see a significant increase to their Byrne Jag Program funding for 2008.

But, an appropriations bill that passed both the house and the senate cut more than two thirds of the 520-million dollar funding nationwide, leaving only 170- million for the upcoming year.

"So what we anticipate is statewide there will be some drug task forces probably will go out of business and here at our task force, we look at about a 68-percent cut in federal funding which means we're going to have to ask the city and county to make up some of that difference and do some belt tightening," said Tommy Loving, Dir., BG-WC Drug Task Force.

At lease 75-percent of every Byrne Jag dollar goes directly to state and local law enforcement to fight violence and drugs.

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