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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Race for Hamilton Superior judge heats up"

This May 3rd IndyStar story by Megan Banta and Brian Eason on the race for Hamilton County Superior Court 3 between the incumbent, Judge William Hughes, and Brian Poindexter, judge of the Carmel City Court, contained this quote:

The brochure promotes Poindexter's "proven track record of reducing government spending," saying he cut expenses by around 20 percent each year between 2010 and 2013, which would result in a $421,669 cut over four years from the $708,000 spent by the Carmel City Court in 2009, according to state court administration records.

But court spending stayed relatively stable during Poindexter's time as judge, fluctuating between a high of $719,686 and a low of $699,991.

The 20 percent cuts cited in the flier referred to actual expenses in relation to the court's budget, which was $848,000 or more each of the four years.

"An accurate characterization is that Judge Poindexter had to work to control and reduce expenses in order to achieve the savings reflected in the annual reports and to return monies back to the general fund," spokeswoman Janelle Morrison wrote in an explanation to The Star.

ILB: This is totally confusing and it may be the story that is at fault. The City Court's budget was $848,000 a year. What Poindexter is saying, it appears to me, is that he reverted 20% of that funding each year.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 6, 2014 09:49 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts