Today the Mobile County Commission warned other County elected officials that their departments could be facing serious budget cut if the County loses its court battle with the District Attorney's office.
"The Sheriff's office, the license and revenue commissioners, the probate judge, the juvenile court judge – they would all be very adversely affected if this comes to fruition," said Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson.
District Attorney Ashley Rich has sued the County saying it's shortchanged her office for years. She's seeking an additional two-point-four million dollars a year, plus back pay.
A law calls for the County to pay the bulk of salaries for the D.A.'s two dozen assistant prosecutors.
It's been on the books for 25 years but was not applied under former D.A.'s Chris Galanos and John Tyson.
"This issue came up with Miss Rich and her office," said Mobile County Attorney Jay Ross. "She needed more funding. It was a time when the County Commission was experiencing significant shortfalls of money. Other departments were being cut and she started looking at it, we started looking at it, and that evolved into the dispute to this day."
Court rulings this week favored Rich's argument. Ross says the County will continue to discuss a settlement with the district attorney while filing a motion challenging the constitutionality of the law.