Questions are swirling around the future, or lack of a future, of the Williams County DARE program due to funding issues.
The program is operated through the Williams County Sheriff’s Office, which now reports a shortage of future funding from the Williams County commissioners office.
The Crescent News reports that Sheriff Steve Towns is asking for $85,000-$100,000 in funding from the general fund for two road patrol deputies. Meanwhile, the commissioners want the sheriff pull the DARE and county road scale officers from their duties to add to the number of patrol units on the highway. If that is done, then the DARE program could be in jeopardy for the following school year.
The DARE program, which offers an anti-drug message, and was dropped a few years ago due to funding issues, but was restarted this school year, is funded in part by a matching grant, but it would still need approximately $25,000 for the next year. Now, the sheriff’s office is seeking funds from private donors to sustain the DARE program.
For more information or to make a donation, contact the Williams County Sheriff’s Office.