TO: Mayor and Council
SUBJECT: Solicitor General Supplemental VOCA Grant For Operating Expenditures
INITIATED BY: Solicitor General’s Victim Witness Assistance Program
Recommendation: Approval is requested to authorize the Solicitor General/Victim-Witness Assistance Program to submit and, if approved, accept an additional Federal VOCA Grant of $12,928, or as otherwise awarded, from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to help defray operating expenses of the Victim Assistance Office, with no cash local match required, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded.
Background: The Office of the Solicitor General operates a Crime Victim Assistance Program and has been awarded a Federal Victims of Crime Act Assistance Grant Program (hereinafter referred to as “VOCA”) grant for approximately 20 years. We are requesting additional VOCA funding to provide for much-needed additional operating expenditures to assist the Solicitor General/Victim-Witness Assistance Program.
Analysis: The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has allocated additional VOCA Grant Funding. Such grants must be submitted by July 17, 2017. The Solicitor General’s Office has been encouraged by the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia to submit applications for this additional grant money that only recently opened up.
Projected Annual Fiscal Impact Statement: There will be no annual fiscal impact as a result of awarding this grant. The operating expenses will help advocates obtain the training they need and cover additional operating expenses that would otherwise have to be covered by the Solicitor General’s Operating Budget.
Legal Considerations: Georgia Law requires the Solicitor General provide extensive services, information, and notification to crime victims pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 17-17-1 (Crime Victims' Bill of Rights). The Solicitor General is solely and directly responsible for complying with this law as mandated by the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights.
Recommendations/Actions: Approval is requested to authorize the Solicitor General/Victim-Witness Assistance Program to submit and, if approved, accept an additional Federal VOCA Grant of $12,928, or as otherwise awarded, from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to help defray operating expenses of the Victim Assistance Office, with no cash local match required, and amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount awarded.
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SOLICITOR GENERAL TO ACCEPT A VOCA GRANT AWARD OF $12,928 OR AS OTHERWISE AWARDED TO OPERATE THE SOLICITOR GENERAL’S VICTIM WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FROM OCTOBER 1, 2017 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2018. THERE IS NO LOCAL MATCH REQUIRED AND THE MULTI GOVERNMENTAL FUND WILL BE AMENDED BY THE AMOUNT OF THE AWARD.
WHEREAS, the Solicitor-General designed a Victim Witness Assistance Program in 1997, which specially address the needs of misdemeanor crime victims; and,
WHEREAS, the funds are requested to finance Operating expense and budget of the Solicitor-General’s Victim Witness Assistance Program to provide services mandated by Georgia Law; and,
WHEREAS, the Solicitor-General is requesting the acceptance of a $12,928 or otherwise awarded Federal Grant; and,
WHEREAS, if accepted, Federal grant monies will reimburse the City for operating expense.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES: