If House Bill 433 were to become law it would establish the Sandusky County Municipal Court effective Jan. 1, 2013 and create one full-time judgeship position.
That position would have a six-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2014. An election would be held in 2013 to seat a new full-time judge.
The two current part-time judges in Clyde and Woodville would be required to serve as part-time municipal court judges until the end of 2013 unless a vacancy occurs before then. In which case, the remaining judge would serve as a full-time judge until then.
The bill designates the Sandusky County Clerk of Courts as the clerk of the county municipal court.
The new court would have jurisdiction within the entire county, except for the cities of Bellevue and Fremont and the townships of Ballville, Sandusky, and York. Bellevue Municipal Court has jurisdiction throughout the City of Bellevue and York Township. Fremont Municipal Court has jurisdiction in the City of Fremont as well as Ballville and Sandusky townships.
According to an analysis by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, the state would save about $9,200 annually on its share of paying for one judge’s salary and benefits compared to two part-time judges and the county would save about $23,316.
The figures are for fiscal year 2014.
Judge John Kolesar, of the Clyde Court, has said he intends to run for another term. Judge Herbert Adams, of the Woodville Court, is unable to run for another term due to age restrictions.