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State owes Franklin County $1.1 million, says treasurer

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WSIL -- The state owes Franklin County $1.1 million, according to the county's treasurer.

Keith Jones, who became Franklin County treasurer on April 19th, said the money the state owes is for salary reimbursements for probation and detention workers.

By law, the state must reimburse counties a percentage of the salaries for certain employees, including probation and detention.

Jones said the state stopped sending those checks.

"The last payments we received were for September 2016 and we're owed through April 2017," said Jones. 

The state owes $486,000 in salary reimbursements for detention workers and $645,000 for probation, said Jones.

The county has found itself in this position before. 

In 2015, it sued the state for not sending salary reimbursements for several offices, including the state's attorney and public defender.

There's no talk of any lawsuits this time, but county officials say they're anxious to get this resolved.

"I wouldn't consider it a crisis at this point, but it's something that needs to be monitored," said Jones.

Jones said the board may borrow from the highway bridge fund if the state doesn't pay up.

"That's something they've done in the past and it's not necessarily a popular thing to do, but it's on the table and it's being considered," said Jones.

Williamson County said the state is also behind on bills to them.

News 3 contacted State Comptroller Susana Mendoza's office, which is responsible for paying the state's bills. 

They said they're working hard to catch up on the bills the state owes to various agencies, but said it's a challenge without a state budget, which they blame on Gov. Rauner.

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