COLUMBIANA CO. Court funding suit is settled

Commissioners can appropriate more money to the courts because more sales tax revenue is available than anticipated.
LISBON -- County common pleas court judges and county commissioners have settled a lawsuit over funding of court operations.
The court asked the Ohio Supreme Court in June to order commissioners to give them the balance of funds appropriated for their use through 2002.
In a letter to the local judges Friday, Commissioners Jim Hoppel, Sean Logan and Dave Cranmer agreed to appropriate $184,655 to the various departments of the common pleas court by Oct. 1.
Judge David Tobin, administrative judge; Judge C. Ashley Pike, presiding judge; and Judge Thomas Baronzzi, juvenile and probate judge, responded Friday with a letter to commissioners in which they accepted the appropriation and agreed not to continue pursuit of the Ohio Supreme Court case.
Hoppel said the appropriation will fund the various court operations through the remainder of 2002.
He said the money is available primarily because sales tax revenue is ahead of what was anticipated for this time of year.
The appropriation will be distributed Oct. 1 as follows: General division, $54,600; adult probation, $51,600; juvenile court, $42,009; juvenile probation, $9,362; probate court, $24,303; law library, $2,781.

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