AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen said his office could use a little extra cash.
"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab here in Augusta closed up in October," Bowen said. "The lab hasn't been opened. So we've had to send everybody to Atlanta."
And those trips can be costly.
"It's $250 one way and we have to have that money," Bowen said.
Through an agreement with Georgia Regents Medical Center Tissue Donor Services, the coroner's office collects $500 each time it uses its facilities but that money is placed into a county account controlled by commissioners.
"This money is sitting there," Bowen said.
As of May 30, nearly $24,000 has been placed into that account and another $10,000 is expected to be collected by the end of this year.
Bowen said the funds they are requesting would also be used to help pay for a part-time employee to cut down on overtime.
Bowen said he will go before commissioners on Aug. 19 to ask for the money.