SOUTH BEND — The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to veto an ordinance appropriating $225,000 to finance improvements at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Probate Judge Peter J. Nemeth requested the money in October to convert the space formerly occupied by the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program into a fifth courtroom.
He asked that it be taken from the Juvenile Probation Fees Fund.
At its meeting last week, the County Council adopted the ordinance by a vote of 5-4, with members Mark Root, Dan Herbster, Mike Hamann and Mark Catanzarite opposed
Nemeth previously requested money to convert the former CASA space in 2008.
The County Council approved that request as well, but members of the Board of Commissioners, including current President Bob Kovach, refused to release the money.