The court order, filed today, states that the county commissioners must give the judges a budget of a little more than $3.9 million.
That’s nearly $636,000 more than the commissioners had given to the judges when they approved the county’s current budget late last year. Court Administrator Tim Lubbe said the extra money was to cover fees for court-appointed attorneys and professional services such as translators.
The commissioners have been discussing ways to trim the county budget in the wake of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget, which slashes state funding to local governments.
The commissioners are considering cuts ranging from 3 percent to 19 percent to deal with that cut and other revenue shortfalls they expect to encounter in 2012, although no decisions have been made.
County Probate Judge James Walther has already ordered his budget and the county’s Domestic Relations judges are considering a similar move.
Judges can legally order their budgets, although the commissioners could contest the order.