The state is taking over a child support enforcement program from White Pine County, the latest development in the rural Nevada county's fiscal crisis.
The state will take over the program in mid-April, and families
getting child support services in the county should see very little
disruption, a state official said. There are about 600 child
support cases being served by the county.
Leslee Arnold, child support field operations manager for the
state, said Tuesday a case worker will be hired locally, and a
state office in Elko also will be tapped for assistance.
Arnold added that White Pine will become the fifth county to
rely on the state for help in getting payments from parents who
aren't in the home and are responsible for child support. The
others are Storey, Eureka, Lander and Eureka counties.
White Pine County declared a severe financial emergency last
year and became the first Nevada county ever to hand over budgetary
control to the state Taxation Department.
A Taxation Department audit said tax increases, budget cuts and
layoffs will be needed to save the county from insolvency. The
department now reviews all county expenditures of more than $250.
White Pine County is home to about 9,000 people. About half live
in and around Ely, about 240 miles northeast of Las Vegas and near
the Utah border.