The budget for the La Plata County attorney's office is projected to increase in 2010 as it faces costly environmental
litigation over the county jail site.
The county is suing Brown Group Retail Inc., which sold the county the property in 1983, over polluted groundwater
under the site.
County Attorney Sheryl Rogers told commissioners Tuesday that a trial on the case in Denver is expected to last three
She said more than $74,000 in attorneys fees were accrued in one month during the height of the discovery phase in the
The county hopes to recoup its costs and avoid future cleanup costs by prevailing in the case.
In 2010, the county attorney's budget is projected to increase 16 percent over its 2009 estimate, from about $1.4
million to $1.6 million.
Earlier this year the county moved its legal services in-house in an effort to control costs.
Rogers, who previously work-ed for the county on a contract basis, was hired to head the office, which also includes a
deputy attorney, and two assistant attorneys.
An attorney position in the office is currently vacant.