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Porter County Board of Commissioners to be reimbursed, but not for center’s construction

Updated: December 22, 2013 1:02PM



VALPARAISO — The bad news is, the Porter County Board of Commissioners won’t get reimbursed $97,000 for construction of a court addition at the Juvenile Service Center out of funds from federally mandated child support services.

The good news is, commissioners will be reimbursed for the cost from money available from the juvenile facility’s building corporation.

Bob Welsh, attorney for the building corporation, said officials with the juvenile facility and the commissioners thought money for courtroom, which was completed late last year, could be paid for with IV-D funds, for child support services, and that money could be used to pay the commissioners back.

But the Indiana State Board of Accounts said IV-D money couldn’t be used for construction costs, Welsh said, adding he confirmed that the county had not used IV-D money for the new court.

“No IV-D money was ever spent on the court construction, so it was never an inappropriate expense,” he said.

In the meantime, Welsh said the bonds for construction of the juvenile center were paid off in July 2012. He subsequently learned that there was about $199,000 left in the bond issue that was not needed to pay bondholders. That money went to the juvenile center’s building corporation.

The money, Welsh said, was going to be used for maintenance and repairs at the juvenile center — until officials found out IV-D money couldn’t be used toward the cost of the court construction.

Now some of it will go to reimburse the commissioners, said Welsh, adding he will come before the commissioners in the coming weeks about the matter.

“We’ve got the money through the Juvenile Service Center Building Corporation to pay back the amount,” he said.



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