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File #: O-535-18    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 12/3/2018 In control: Law Department
On agenda: 1/22/2019 Final action: 12/18/2018
Title: Authorizing the mayor to collect revenue and expend funds estimated at $200,000 annually in the Expendable Trust Fund to provide for the Civil Legal Assistance Services (CLAS) program through December 31, 2020; authorizing the mayor to enter into any necessary agreements to expend these funds which have been appropriated; and declaring an emergency.
Attachments: 1. Audio: O-535-18 Council Meeting 12/18/2018

Label
CLAS PROGRAM
Department of Law
D. Emch (x1020)
(Revised)

Title
Authorizing the mayor to collect revenue and expend funds estimated at $200,000 annually in the Expendable Trust Fund to provide for the Civil Legal Assistance Services (CLAS) program through December 31, 2020; authorizing the mayor to enter into any necessary agreements to expend these funds which have been appropriated; and declaring an emergency.

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SUMMARY & BACKGROUND:
Ordinance 632-05, passed on September 6, 2005, established and authorized the Civil Legal Assistance Services (CLAS) program through October 31, 2008. The City of Toledo extended the program in 2007 to assist indigent persons who have been sued in a civil action in Toledo Municipal Court in cases involving eviction and consumer collections. Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) has been providing the Civil Legal Assistance Services (CLAS). The current program is funded through the collection of an additional $10.00 per case civil filing fee approved by the Judges of the Toledo Municipal Court and will expire on December 31, 2018 unless renewed. Staff attorneys are made available daily in Municipal Court to represent indigent defendants. The agreement was extended for an additional two years in 2010 (see Ord. 481-10), in 2013 (see Ord. 40-13), in 2014 (see Ord. 499-14), and again in 2016 (see ord. 422-16). The City of Toledo and LAWO desire to extend this program for another two years.

Summary
NOW, THEREFORE, Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Toledo:

SECTION 1. That the mayor is authorized to accept and deposit into Account Code 2090-12000-3T19516STDSTD (Indigent Civil Defense) funds received as part of the Civil Legal Assistance Services (CLAS) program.

SECTION 2. That the mayor is authorized to appropriate the unappropriated balance of the Indigent Civil Defense account to 2090-12000-3T19516STDSTD and the appropriated amount, estimated at $200,000 annually, is authorized for expendi...

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