Okaloosa challenges Department of Juvenile Justice funding rules

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

Okaloosa County is joining the Florida Association of Counties and 23 other counties in a legal challenge of the most recent Department of Juvenile Justice funding rules.

For Okaloosa's taxpayers, the funding will go from $180,000 to an estimated $685,000 per year.

Okaloosa County has been overcharged about $3 million since 2009.

Several Florida counties seek repayment by DJJ. At the center of both challenges is the exponentially increased costs to house juveniles.

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