The Dawson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a significant budget increase for the Dawson County Juvenile Court during last week's voting session.
Judge Lindsay Burton presented the request on Aug. 11 during the board's work session.
The amount requested and then approved totaled $24,200 to cover child and parent attorney costs and court reporter fees.
The additional funds were needed because of the larger than usual number of serious dependency cases this year as cited by Burton when the request was made.
"Mr. Chairman, because of the state unfunded mandate I see no reason why we shouldn't fund that. With that I move that we fund the amount she requested," said Commissioner James Swafford.
The breakdown of the monies requested included $15,000 for child attorney costs, $8,000 in parent attorney costs and $1,200 for court reporting.
During the work session, Burton explained that the court had budgeted based on the previous year's numbers, but that they cannot predict the number of cases that will come in during a year.