Houston Chronicle  (Internet) 07/15/06 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/4048390.html Anticipating a shortfall in the county's budget for a growing number of autopsies this year, Fort Bend officials have approved more money to pay for the work by a contractor and are expected to allocate more funds. The county contracts with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for autopsies. The Galveston County Medical Examiner's Office subcontracts with UTMB to perform the autopsies. Janet Irby, a Fort Bend County auditor, said the number of autopsies has been on a steady rise over the years. A rough estimate shows 64 cases in January-September 2003, 140 in 2004, 179 in 2005 and 160 this year through June. "These are bare-bone counts. They don't include cases that are still pending and open invoices," Irby said.