INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Judge Alan Tiras confirmed this week the James V. Mancuso Justice Court will stay open, despite a recommendation earlier this year it be closed and consolidated with the entire Washoe County justice court system.
The recommendation stemmed from a June 2011 and#8220;Fundamental Services Reviewand#8221; by the county, authored by Management Partners, Inc., that said the court had seen a two-thirds reduction in case load, and its closure and consolidation would result in about $150,000 in annual savings.
Tiras and other community members refuted the case-load reduction statistic in public hearings before the county commission earlier this year, and he reiterated that during a presentation at Wednesdayand#8217;s Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees meeting.
and#8220;There has been a 400 percent increase in case loads over the past two years. Our case load has increased dramatically,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Thanks to the support of the community, and the county ... being willing and able to listen, that matter is off the table.and#8221;
Court staff has already taken a 7 percent pay cut to assist with the countyand#8217;s budget woes, Tiras said, in addition to enacting consolidated hours earlier this year that include the court not being open on Fridays.
The 7 percent pay cut, Tiras said, equates to about $22,000 in savings.