MUNROE FALLS — The city is considering ending its mayor's court.
Council President Jenny Markovich directed the public safety committee to study the possibility of moving all of the city’s cases to Stow Municipal Court. Mayor James Armstrong and Law Director Tom Kostoff encouraged the committee to take its time with the review.
The council discussed the issue after hearing Stow Municipal Judge Kim Hoover deliver a presentation in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the court moving from Cuyahoga Falls to Stow.
The Munroe Falls Mayor’s Court started in May 2009. It adjudicates traffic offenses and minor misdemeanors.
The mayor’s court handled 511 cases in 2017 and 436 cases in 2016, according to the Ohio Supreme Court website.
In 2018, the mayor’s court had $83,353 in revenue and $37,865 in expenses, according to Munroe Falls Finance Director Karen Reynolds. In 2017, the court took in $81,166 in revenue and had $39,911 in expenses.
Armstrong noted that the court fees that offenders would pay in mayor’s court are “far less” than what they would pay in municipal court.
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