Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement

125 th General Assembly of Ohio

Ohio Legislative Service Commission

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BILL:

H.B. 26

DATE:

March 3, 2003

STATUS:

As Reported by House Judiciary

SPONSOR:

Rep. Raga

LOCAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED:

Yes

 

 


CONTENTS:

Creates one additional judge for the general division of the Warren County Court of Common Pleas to be elected in 2004 for a term to begin January 2, 2005

 

State Fiscal Highlights

 

STATE FUND

FY 2003 – FY 2004*

FY 2005

FUTURE YEARS

General Revenue Fund (GRF)

     Revenues

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

     Expenditures

- 0 -

$62,281 increase

$124,562 increase in FY 2006, followed by annual increases of up to 3.0% or more through FY 2009

Note: The state fiscal year is July 1 through June 30. For example, FY 2003 is July 1, 2002 – June 30, 2003.

*The new judge will be elected in November 2004 for a term to begin January 2, 2005.

 

·        New common pleas court judge.  Since the new judgeship begins at the halfway point in FY 2005, the amount indicated in the above table represents only the last six months of that fiscal year.  Starting with FY 2006, the annual amount in GRF funding that the Supreme Court of Ohio will disburse in the form of state support for the new judge added to the Warren County Court of Common Pleas is estimated at $124,562, which consists of: (1) $102,100 in salary, (2) $13,590 in PERS contributions, and (3) $8,872 in miscellaneous other contributions.  Currently, the state has statutorily prescribed annual pay increases in the state share of the salary of common pleas court judges through calendar year 2008. 


Local Fiscal Highlights

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

FY 2003 – FY 2004*

FY 2005

FUTURE YEARS

Warren County

     Revenues

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

     Expenditures

- 0 -

$223,727 increase

$223,727 increase

Note:  For most local governments, the fiscal year is the calendar year.  The school district fiscal year is July 1 through June 30.

*The new judge will be elected in November 2004 for a term to begin January 2, 2005.

 

·        Warren County Court of Common Pleas.  The annual salary and benefits for the new judge to be added to the court of common pleas will cost Warren County $15,897, which is comprised of $14,000 in annual base salary, plus 13.55%, or $1,897, in PERS benefits.  Additionally, the Warren County Court of Common Pleas expects to hire one bailiff, one courtroom clerk, and one secretary as support staff for the new judge.  The salary, benefits, and related operating expenses associated with the three new personnel are currently expected to total $207,830 annually.

 


 

 

Detailed Fiscal Analysis

 

Additional judge for Warren County Court of Common Pleas

 

Judicial salary

 

                The annual salary of a judge of a court of common pleas consists of a state share and a local share paid by the county as follows: 

·        The local share varies slightly depending on a county’s population as determined by the decennial census.  The local amount is based on .18 cents per capita in the county, but may not be less than $3,500 or more than $14,000.

·        The state share is equal to the annual salary minus the local share.  Substitute House Bill 712 of the 123rd General Assembly provided annual salary increase each year from 2002 through 2008.  The annual salaries of the judges and justices of the court will increase by the lesser of 3% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over the 12-month period ending on September 30 of the previous year.  In the case of judges for whom a portion of the salary is paid locally, the entire amount of the increase is added to the state share.

The Supreme Court of Ohio estimates that, when the new judge is added to the Warren County Court of Common Pleas for a term to begin January 2, 2005, the annual salary of a judge of a court of common pleas will be $116,100.  Of that amount, based on the 2000 census, Warren County would be required to pay the $14,000 maximum annual local share required under current law.  The state will cover the remainder of the annual salary, which in FY 2006 (July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006), the first full state fiscal year of the new common pleas court judgeship, amounts to $102,100.

 

 

PERS

 

            State and local elected officials are exempt from membership in PERS (Public Employees Retirement System), unless they choose to become members.  Most do.  Therefore, this analysis includes PERS payments, which assumes that the new judge added to the Warren County Court of Common Pleas joins PERS.  The state and local PERS contributions would work as follows:

·        The state contributes at the rate of 13.31% of its supplemental salary amount, while the county pays 13.55% on its base share amount. 

·        Under that PERS contribution formula, Warren County will pay $1,897 annually, while the state will contribute $13,590 in FY 2006, the first full state fiscal year of the new common pleas court judgeship.

 

Other state contributions

 

In addition to PERS, the state also makes contributions for other purposes, totaling approximately 8.69%, which includes 1.45% of gross salary for Medicare for all employees hired after April 1986, 0.67% for workers’ compensation, 0.28% for the administration of the Central Accounting System, and approximately 6.29% in health insurance contributions.  It should be noted that the state’s share in health insurance contributions has been increasing and is expected to continue increasing in the future.  These miscellaneous annual contributions will cost the state $8,872 ($102,100 x 8.69%) in FY 2006, the first full state fiscal year of the new common pleas court judgeship.

 

Additional local costs

 

The Warren County Court of Common Pleas anticipates hiring one bailiff, one courtroom clerk, and one secretary as support staff for the additional judge.  Since an existing courtroom is already available, no construction or remodeling costs are anticipated at this time.  According to the Warren County Board of Commissioners, the annual operating expenses associated with the three new personnel (salary and fringe benefits, maintenance, and equipment costs detailed in the table below) will total $207,830.

 

Staffing Costs

·        Personnel

$  108,067

·        PERS

$    14,644

·        Medicare

$      1,567

·        Health insurance

$    33,168

·        Life insurance

$         384

·        Office supplies/equipment

$    50,000

TOTAL

$  207,830

 

 

 

LSC fiscal staff:  Jamie L. Slotten, Budget Analyst

 

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