While the office has moved, a new municipal court probation program is not that much different from one that previously was offered through the county.
That is according to Robin McDowell, the supervisor for the new program operated by the city of Leavenworth.
“They’re coming to a different office,” McDowell said. “The services will remain the same.”Probation services for the municipal courts of Leavenworth, Lansing, Basehor and Tonganoxie previously were provided through the Leavenworth County government.
Leavenworth city officials decided to start up their own probation program this past summer while working on the city’s 2017 budget.
The issue came up after city officials were told the fee Leavenworth paid to the county for municipal court probation would increase by 42 percent in 2017. City Manager Paul Kramer later was informed the city could have remained in the county program for only a minimal increase in cost.
The Leavenworth City Commission approved a slight increase to the city’s property tax rate to help pay for the new probation program.
Other cities in the county are now contracting with the city of Leavenworth for continued probation services..
(Read more: Leavenworth Times)