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9/20/09

No other counties sharing medical examiner cost with Lubbock

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New details on a story that hits your pocketbook.  Lubbock County says in an email statement that it has not signed up any surrounding counties for autopsy services.  

County Commissioners told NewsChannel 11 last week that the new jail and the medical examiner's office are the two reasons for the small increase in the tax rate.  Commissioners budgeted roughly $2 million for the medical examiner's office and say eventually that investment will pay off.  

The plan is to hire a second medical examiner and share costs with surrounding counties.   But 10 nearby counties that have already signed a contract with a Lubbock-based private company and will therefore not send their autopsies to Lubbock County's M.E.   An 11th nearby county is using the private company but is not bound by a year-long contract. 

Lubbock County says in an email to NewsChannel 11 "there are no contracts with counties for autopsy services." 

About seven months ago, Commissioners agreed to pay Chief Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan $450,000 per year.

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