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File #: 1399-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/18/2017 In control: Judiciary And Court Administration Committee
On agenda: 6/5/2017 Final action: 6/8/2017
Title: To authorize and direct the City Auditor to transfer $365,832.00 within the General Fund; to authorize the Director of the Department of Finance and Management to enter into a contract with the Franklin County Public Defender Commission to provide legal counsel to indigent persons charged with criminal offenses; to authorize the expenditure of $1,565,832.00 from the General Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($1,565,832.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord 1399-2017 Legislation Template
Explanation:

Background: This ordinance authorizes the Finance and Management Director to enter into contract with the Franklin County Public Defender Commission for providing legal counsel to indigent persons charged with criminal offenses. The Franklin County Public Defender Commission performs all the duties and responsibilities under Section 12 of the City Charter, Chapter 173 of the Columbus City Code and Sections 120.13 and 120.14(e) of the Ohio Revised Code in providing legal counsel to indigent persons charged with criminal offenses. Since 1976, the City has contracted with the Commission to represent in the Franklin County Municipal Court all indigent persons (based on poverty guidelines as determined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services) charged with violations of an ordinance of the City of Columbus. Except for State-charged misdemeanors, the City funds the Municipal Unit while the Franklin County Commissioners fund the balance.

This contract is presented on an understanding that the total cost of the 2017 program is $5,717,338, of which the Franklin County Commissioners' portion is 54 percent and the City's portion is 46 percent. After 41 percent reimbursement from the State Public Defender Commission, it is expected that the cost to the city will be $1,551,686. This amount is increased by $14,146 from the 2016 expenditure reconciliation, resulting in a net 2017 contract amount of $1,565,832. In the event the actual State-charged misdemeanors differ from the estimate, and/or the State reimburses at a different rate, the City may owe the County or be due reimbursement. A reconciliation will be conducted at year-end to determine the final charges.

Award of this contract meets relevant procurement provisions of Chapter 329 of the Columbus City Codes, 1959.

Franklin County Public Defender Commission, Contract Compliance #31-0890833

Emergency action is requested since the start of this contract was January 1, 2017. Action...

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