Mahoning Co. probate judge asks for less money in 2010

YOUNGSTOWN — Mahoning County’s probate judge is asking for less money from the county’s general fund next year than his court got this year, but the juvenile court judge is asking for more money, and both judges say they can cut no more.

Probate Judge Mark Belinky and Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick made their budget requests in hearings today before the county commissioners.

Because of forthcoming retirements in his court, Judge Belinky requested only $842,000 for 2010, compared to the $894,833 he received for this year in the settlement of the lawsuit he brought against the commissioners.

Judge Belinky filed that mandamus lawsuit in the 7th District Court of Appeals to enforce his demand for $915,715 after the commissioners initially allocated only $694,833 to his court for this year.

Judge Belinky said his chief magistrate, Richard Burgess, who earns about $71,000 annually, will not be replaced after he retires in March, and he expects others on his 17-member court staff will retire by the end of 2010.

For the complete story, see Tuesday's Vindicator and

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