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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ind. Courts - More on: Elimination of Hammond City Court would not be a radical idea

Updating this Dec. 5, 2016 ILB post, Ed Bierschenk of the NWI Times reported yesterday in a story headed "Hammond council votes to phase out City Court" that begins:

HAMMOND — The Hammond City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that would phase out the City Court over the next two years, despite some vociferous objections by some council members, attorneys and a few members of the public.

"I'm disappointed," said recently appointed Hammond City Court Judge Amy Jorgensen following the council vote.

Under the proposed ordinance, most of the new filings normally made with the City Court would be made instead in Lake Superior Court in the coming year. The exemption would be ordinance violations, which Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. is proposing be heard by a separate Ordinance Court in the city.

Under the ordinance sponsored by Dave Woerpel, D-5th, "the Hammond City Court will cease to exist on Dec. 31, 2018."

Woerpel and McDermott said their reason for eliminating the court had to do with saving perhaps $1.5 million a year in the city budget. The said the savings are needed in the wake of tax caps that could cost the city $3.5 million to $5.5 million in annual property tax revenue in 2020.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 11, 2017 10:46 AM
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