Chippewa County
Wisconsin

Resolution
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Resolution to Oppose Lapse in State Funding to the Circuit Court System

Information

Department:Corporation Counsel DivisionSponsors:
Category:Budget

Attachments

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Financial Impact

There is no cost to the county by passage of this resolution, however there could be a fiscal impact to the county if the lapse of funding from the State Court System to the state general fund occurs.

ORD/RES Printout

              WHEREAS, the 2013-2015 State Biennial Budget requires the Wisconsin Court System to return a total of $11.8 million to the state general fund over the next two-year period, resulting in budget cuts affecting the Chippewa County Circuit Courts; and

 

              WHEREAS, if said budget cuts are made, the Chippewa County Circuit Courts will no longer receive state funding at the previous level in the form of circuit court payments, interpreter assistance, and guardian ad litem assistance; and

 

              WHEREAS, the reduction in funding of the Circuit Courts and resulting budget cuts will likely create an enormous financial challenge to Chippewa County which could lead to an increased tax levy, while striving to meet the challenge of the state levy cap; and

 

              WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the citizens of Chippewa County that the County Board of Supervisors formally opposes these budget reductions;

 

              NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors hereby states its opposition to the $11.8 million lapse in funding of the Wisconsin Court System to the state general fund over the next two-year period; and

 

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Chippewa County Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this resolution to State Senator Terry Moulton, Assembly Representatives Thomas Larson and Kathy Bernier, Governor Scott Walker, and to A. John Voelker, the Director of State Courts.

 

Forwarded to the County Board by the Legal and Law Enforcement Committee

Meeting History

Jul 21, 2014 4:00 PM  Legal & Law Enforcement Committee Regular Meeting

Judge Cameron stated this resolution is being presented throughout the State. There are at least 32 counties that have passed or are in the process of passing a resolution. Cameron noted that out of every $100 in tax revenue, the courts get 85 cents to cover all the expenditures for the courts. In the last biennium, there was an $11.8 million budget cut, and they don't have an explanation of why. This affects our Court Support Grant which we receive twice a year payments from.

Cameron was asking them to support this resolution so they can get the funding they are entitled to have.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jared Zwiefelhofer, District 4 (Vice-Chair)
SECONDER:Florian Skwierczynski, District 11
AYES:Doug Ellis, Jared Zwiefelhofer, Florian Skwierczynski
ABSENT:Bill Stimeling, Leigh Darrow
Aug 12, 2014 6:00 PM  County Board Regular Meeting

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chippewa County Board of Supervisors hereby states its opposition to the $11.8 million lapse in funding of the Wisconsin Court System to the state general fund over the next two-year period; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Chippewa County Clerk is directed to forward a copy of this resolution to State Senator Terry Moulton, Assembly Representatives Thomas Larson and Kathy Bernier, Governor Scott Walker, and to A. John Voelker, the Director of State Courts.

Forwarded to the County Board by the Legal and Law Enforcement Committee

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jared Zwiefelhofer, District 4
SECONDER:Doug Ellis, District 12
AYES:Paul Michels, Henry Shakal, Bill Stimeling, Glen Sikorski, Jared Zwiefelhofer, Lee Mcllquham, Michael A. Goettl, Anson Albarado, Lawrence J. Willkom, Florian Skwierczynski, Doug Ellis, Mike Leisz, Leigh Darrow
ABSENT:Steve Gerrish, Brittani Zammit