The Lebanon city court will not exist as of Jan. 1, if the city council passes an ordinance abolish it next week.
The council unanimously passed the ordinance on first reading Monday, Nov. 25, but it will become official upon its passage after a second reading.
The city court was defunded in the city’s 2014 budget. Lebanon Clerk/Treasurer Tonya Thayer had said the city was paying more money to keep it running than it was getting back, so it was not financially wise to keep it open.
Indiana Code allows a city the ability to establish or abolish a city court, the ordinance states, and that the city council believes it is in the best interest of the city to abolish the court. Superior 2 court is taking over the duties of the city court, said City Attorney Bob Clutter. They are already handling most of those duties anyway, he added, as they prepare to take over city court issues. Most of those issues are parking tickets and speeding tickets.
See Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.