Below are figures how Brazos County's split criminal prosecution offices - District Attorney prosecuting felonies, the County Attorney prosecuting misdemeanors - compare to counties with a single prosecution office, typically the District Attorney.
Lubbock County and Hays County have been used for comparison. Both have large public universities present in their community and are comparable in population. The financial figures are from each county's budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017. Also included are figures from the Office of Court Administration on filed cases for the calendar year (CY) 2015. These are included to give some idea about the number of new misdemeanor and felony filings each office was responsible for during an identical period of time. Population estimates for each county are from census estimates from July 1, 2015.
Est. population 215,037
New felony indictments CY 2015 2,229
New misdemeanor filings CY 2015 3,878 Total new filings CY 2015 6,107
County Attorney Office FY 2017 $3,179,875
District Attorney Office FY 2017 $3,612,335
Est. population 299,453
New felony indictments CY 2015 3,688
New misdemeanor filings CY 2015 4,037
Total new filings CY 2015 7,725
District Attorney budget FY 2017 $6,513,233
Est. population 194,739
New felony indictments CY 2015 909
New misdemeanor filings CY 2015 3,885
Total new filings CY 2015 4,794
District Attorney budget FY 2017 $3,986,030
Lubbock County has 28% more in population than Brazos County with around 1600 more new criminal filings during 2015, but has budgeted $278,000 less than Brazos County for the office prosecuting the filings there in FY 2017. Hays County has 10% less in population than Brazos County, filed about 1300 fewer criminal cases and budgeted $2.8M less for the single office prosecuting criminal cases there than Brazos County did for the two offices doing the work here in FY 2017.
What I am saying is this: it may be time to discuss consolidating criminal prosecutions in Brazos County into a single office. Not to do so makes less fiscal sense with every passing year.