Lake Station poised to approve 2014 budget

2013-10-14T18:32:00Z 2013-10-17T20:56:09Z Lake Station poised to approve 2014 budgetDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | The City Council is expected to give final approval to its 2014 city budget when it meets Thursday.

If approved, the spending plan may include a slight increase in the city court's budget allotment.

City Judge Chris Anderson, who spoke prior to the Oct. 3 City Council meeting when the budget was discussed, made a pitch for a boost in the city court's budget for 2014.

The council agreed to increase the court budget by approximately $30,000, but that depends on the final vote.

Council President Todd Lara didn't make any promises to Anderson and told him he wanted more time to consider the increase.

Court Clerk Kim Frizzell said $10,000, the biggest part of the proposed increase, would be used to pay for a part-time clerk.

Presently there are just two city court clerks and the office could be forced to shut down if both were unable to work on any particular day.

The council and city court have been at odds since December when the council considered abolishing the court by Jan. 1, 2014, citing falling revenues.

That decision was abandoned by the council and was applauded by a standing-room-only crowd that came to support Anderson.

Lara said he'd like to keep the court in Lake Station as long as the department is at least close to making money.

"It's great for the citizens of Lake Station and for our officers. ... You hate to give up your city court," Lara said.

 

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