Members of the public attended an open meeting of the Boone County Commission Tuesday evening for the next fiscal year’s budget. The public testimony was sparsely attended and yielded no comment on the proposed $65 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year, the county’s largest.
Advocates for child sex abuse victims are urging the Missouri Legislature to renew a funding increase for their social services.
At issue is an increase of more than 20 percent in funding for child assessment centers that was included in the 2013 budget. That $500,000 increase brought the total funding for the centers to $2.8 million. The centers conduct forensic interviews and sexual assault exams on children that can help make a legal case against their perpetrators.