A decision on whether to implement a drug court in Waupaca County next year was postponed this morning by the county’s Finance and Human Services Committee. The drug court is being considered following significant increases in drug cases in Waupaca County Circuit Court, especially heroin and prescription medications. Kaye Thompson with ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team says with Green Lake, Portage, and Adams Counties recently adding drug courts, there are only 8 counties left in Wisconsin that don’t have them. Waupaca is one of those 8. Judge Ray Huber told the committee this morning the budget for drug court in the county next year would be 132-thousand dollars. Federal grant money for starting a drug court is available through the Department of Justice, but the money is distributed every three years, so the county would not have access to any of that funding until 2020. Supervisors Gary Barrington and David Neumann, both former law enforcement officers, pushed for committee approval of a resolution to start a drug court in 2017, while supervisor Pat Craig wanted more details about the oversight and daily workings of the court. The committee voted to delay action on the resolution to no later than November 8th, when the County Board will adopt its 2017 budget.