Fiscal Note & Local Impact Statement

125 th General Assembly of Ohio

Ohio Legislative Service Commission

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˛ Internet Web Site: http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/

BILL:

H.B. 26

DATE:

February 25, 2003

STATUS:

As Introduced

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 – FY2004*

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 no more than 3.0% 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.

 

·        Since the 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 – FY2004*

FY 2005

FUTURE YEARS

Warren County

     Revenues

- 0 -

- 0 -

- 0 -

     Expenditures

- 0 -

$115,897 increase

$115,897 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.

 

·        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, for 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 annual salary and benefits for these new personnel are expected to total roughly $100,000 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 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:

 

 

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.  The annual salary and benefits for these new personnel are expected to total roughly $100,000 annually.  Since an existing courtroom is already available, no construction or remodeling costs are anticipated at this time.

 

 

LSC fiscal staff: Jamie L. Slotten, Budget Analyst

 

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