City Wins Fight Over Regional Jail Costs

(Toledo, OH)   A nearly three-year legal fight over who pays to keep prisoners at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio is over.  

The Ohio Supreme Court refused to hear Lucas County's appeal of a lower court ruling Wednesday, clearing the city of Toledo from any financial responsibilities.  

Taxpayers also scored a victory with the end of a lawsuit that cost a combined $300,000 in legal fees.

In a statement, Toledo's mayor says the city and county need to work cooperatively in the future rather than engage in court battles. 

The dispute arose over the way Toledo police started filing criminal charges, using state statutes over local laws to shift the cost of jail beds from the city budget to county coffers-- a move that saved the city millions of dollars per year, but could prove a budget-buster for Lucas County.

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