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File #: 0149-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/9/2020 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 1/27/2020 Final action: 1/30/2020
Title: To authorize the appropriation of $50,000.00 from the unappropriated balance of the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges dispute resolution fund for all FY 2020 anticipated expenses associated with the enhancement of small claim services; and to declare an emergency. ($50,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Dispute Resolution
Explanation

BACKGROUND: This ordinance authorizes the appropriation of $50,000 for fiscal year 2020 within the Franklin County Municipal Court's fund for dispute resolution. The Franklin County Municipal Court instituted its pre-filing mediation program for small claims cases in 1984; the program provides mediation services for individuals and business who wish to resolve their disputes and avoid filing a small claims case.

To support this effort, the Franklin County Municipal Court instituted a special project cost, as authorized by the Ohio Revised Code, ยง 1901.26 (B)(1). The project cost is a $15.00 per case charge that covers up to five checks per debtor.

Funds are to be used to assist in the support of dispute resolution program efforts within the Small Claims Division, not to supplant existing funds. The intent of these funds is to provide for the purchase of services and other similar small claims-related expenses not currently available to the Court's small claims services department.

FISCAL IMPACT: There are sufficient funds available within the Dispute Resolution fund to support the requested appropriation level for 2020.

EMERGENCY: An emergency is being requested in order to continue dispute resolution efforts by the small claims department without delay, thus enhancing small claim services.

Title

To authorize the appropriation of $50,000.00 from the unappropriated balance of the Franklin County Municipal Court Judges dispute resolution fund for all FY 2020 anticipated expenses associated with the enhancement of small claim services; and to declare an emergency. ($50,000.00)

Body

WHEREAS, an appropriation of these funds is necessary in order to continue with the dispute resolution efforts to enhance the small claim services and the payment thereof; and

WHEREAS, the funds are to be used to assist in the support of dispute resolution program efforts within the Small Claims Division, not to supplant existing funds, in order to prov...

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