The Pulaski County Council last night approved a motion to advertise for an additional appropriation as requested by the county coroner. Coroner Steve VanDerAa told the council that he needs the money for autopsies and part-time help after experiencing a higher amount of calls than expected, spending around $18,000 performing autopsies.
VanDerAa elaborated further, explaining that with on-call work, it’s hard to predict exactly how much money will be required each year. With four and a half months left in the fiscal year, VanDerAa told the council that he doesn’t expect to spend that much for the rest of the year but needs additional funds in order to continue for the rest of the year.
Deputies receive $75 for assisting with a call-out for the coroner, and autopsies now cost roughly $1500 each in order to be performed. VanDerAa said this is unpredictable and with more calls than expected, the funds have been depleted.
The council approved a motion to advertise for the additional appropriation as required and will finalize the appropriation at their next meeting.