As a concerned taxpayer in the city of Cuyahoga Falls, I feel the move to Stow by the Municipal Court is a good one.
First, the court deficit this year alone was expected to be $650,000. Currently, that deficit is the responsibility of the host community, Cuyahoga Falls, and when it moves to Stow, it will no longer come out of the budget for the city of Cuyahoga Falls. That $650,000 could pay for more than a few streets to be resurfaced.
Second, court costs excluding fines, today approach $114 per incident, according to a news report. Not cheap. When the court moves to Stow, and the court keeps its promise to pay for the new $10 million facility, I believe those costs will have to rise dramatically to overcome the current deficit, pay for the new employees they want to add, and to pay for the new building. If I were to receive a ticket, I can assure you I would rather pay it in a mayor's court in my hometown rather than face the additional obligation of paying for a big, fancy new building somewhere else. I think Mayor Don Robart is looking out for the best interests of the citizens of his community, and I appreciate his efforts.