Employees in the Travis County Public Integrity Unit will receive notice that funding for their office will end on September 30.
Travis County Commissioners unanimously voted on Tuesday to eliminate 31 positions designated for the PIU, which prosecutes government corruption and fraud.
"Unless some alternative funding is found in the mean time, it means the jobs will be gone (on September 30)," said the unit's director Gregg Cox.
Governor Rick Perry vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the unit in response to Rosemary Lehmberg's Driving While Intoxicated conviction.
Commissioners voted with the stipulation that they would be able to re-hire positions to keep the PIU up and running, but it would likely be significantly smaller and Cox said a minimum staffing level would be analyzed.
Notable cases involving the PIU include Tom Delay's money laundering conviction and the 2010 fraud at Austin non-profit Family Connections , which received state funding.
Positions in the unit include lawyers, investigators, forensic accountants, paralegals, and other administrative staff including receptionists and legal secretaries.
Commissioner Gerald Daugherty did not feel it was fair to ask Travis County taxpayers to pick up the $3.7 million in funding the court was considering, but still lamented the loss of the unit.
"I'm sick over the fact there are 31 plus people living on pins and needles," he said during Tuesday's commissioner meeting.
He later reiterated his hopes that Lehmberg would resign.
"I also wish the DA would have stepped down because that would have solved this thing."
There is no indication that, at this point, a resignation from Lehmberg would lead to the funding being restored. However, Daugherty feels it would help give the unit "a fighting chance."
Representative Sylvester Turner has filed a House Concurrent Resolution to overturn Perry's veto and restore the funding.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.