“He said, ‘What do you guys need?,’” Dixon recalled. “I said we just need them to leave us alone. Don’t send these unfunded mandates down and these requirements and then wonder why everyone is having a hard time balancing the budget.”
The common pleas courts have not had to use any of the grant funds — the sheriff has borne the brunt of complying with the law — because they already had programs in place to help criminals take a new path, like drug, alcohol and mental health treatment, corrective thinking programs and other ways to “target and change what makes the people criminals.”
Nonetheless, Court Administrator Wayne Gilkison said they knew when the edict came down from the state the county would take a hit. Early estimates were the program could cost almost $4 million annually.
“It’s not surprising to me at all that they (the sheriff’s office) are quickly running out of money,” he said.
Commissioner T.C. Rogers said he hopes DeWine will stay true to promises made during his campaign to help the local governments that have taken big hits in funding during the previous administration.
“It’s no surprise, it was another one of those unfunded mandates,” Rogers said. “We’ve had several.”