St. Joseph County Council, Juvenile Justice Center continue budget clash


The St. Joseph County Council and the Juvenile Justice Center are clashing over the center’s budget plan.

The JJC were asked to trim 5-percent out of their budget last week, one of several departments asked to help prepare for a sharp decline in revenue that is expected as state-mandated property tax caps take full-effect here in 2020.

The South Bend Tribune reports that Juvenile Justice, which includes the Probate Court, made no changes to the budget they submitted earlier this year.

During Tuesday’s budget meeting, the County Council suggested that the Juvenile Justice Center will have to cut $110,000 more to hit the 5-percent target.

However, no one’s quite sure how that’s going to happen…and time is running out. The council is expected to adopt the 2018 budget on Oct. 10.


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