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  Action   12.       
County Attorney  
Meeting Date: 05/04/2021  
Approve the City of Tucson High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Grant Agreement
Submitted By: Susana Stark, County Attorney
Department: County Attorney  
Presentation: No A/V Presentation
Recommendation: Approve
Document Signatures: BOS Signature Required
# of ORIGINALS
Submitted for Signature:
3
NAME
of PRESENTER:
Brian M. McIntyre TITLE
of PRESENTER:
County Attorney
Mandated Function?: Federal or State Mandate
Source of Mandate
or Basis for Support?:
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Agenda Item Text:
Approve the City of Tucson High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Grant Agreement HT-21-2909, between the City of Tucson and Cochise County, in the amount of $150,440, effective January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.
Background:
The HIDTA Grant will fund one drug crime attorney III and one Administrative Assistant in the Cochise County Attorney’s Office.  The HIDTA Grant will allow the HIDTA prosecutor to prosecute drug crimes.  By not renewing the grant the County will lose one experienced senior prosecutor and one Administrative Assistant. The County Attorney’s Office will have to reduce the number of drug crime prosecutions and asset forfeiture seizures due to a lack of manpower.  If the County were to pay for these personnel out of the general fund, taxpayers will assume the added expense.  The County Attorney’s office is mandated to prosecute crimes. 

The question is whether the Board wishes to decline HIDTA Grant funding and eliminate the two positions currently funded by the HIDTA Grant; or decline the grant and pay the two positions out of the general fund; or accept the grant and absorb the overhead costs associated with the grant. 

This grant works in conjunction with Southeastern Arizona Major Investigative Team (SAMIT) headed by the DEA; the Cochise County Sheriff’s HIDTA.  Not renewing this grant would jeopardize law enforcement drug grants and the Byrne grant.
Department's Next Steps (if approved):
Once approved by the Board, obtain signed agreements from the Board and Certified copies of the Board Minutes.
Impact of NOT Approving/Alternatives:
Reduction in drug crime prosecutors and support staff and the placement of other law enforcement drug grants in jeopardy.
To BOS Staff: Document Disposition/Follow-Up:
Three (3) originals provided. Advise CAO upon Board approval. Return three (3) signed Agreements to CAO. Send a certified copy of the Board Minutes approving the agreement, as soon as it is available, to CAO.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers
Attachments
Grant Agreement (HIDTA) HT-21-2909


    

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