Funding for probation reporting center may be in jeopardy

The possibility of having a District 12 Probation Reporting Center in Scottsbluff still comes down to finding the money to purchase a building.

District 12 Probation Executive Director Linda Buehler told the county commissioners Tuesday a tentative estimate on purchasing and renovating the preferred location, the metal building on the east side of the former Aurora Loan Services property, is $300-400,000. The commissioners say they don't have the money, and Buehler knows if other options can't be found she may lose over $100,000 that has been earmarked by the State Supreme Court for a panhandle facility.

Buehler says she will look at grants, private donations, and any other means to find the money. Buehler says two service providers who would provide rehabilitative services at the one stop center say they would rent space in the building and four or five others say they might as well.

The commissioners said that would help with operational costs, but the up front money is just not in their budget.

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