Courts Seek $25 Mil. Over and Above Corbett's Budget

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Justice Ronald Castille
Justice Ronald Castille

"I think it would be a wash," Castille said.

In any event, Castille added, the building was designed with a capacity that's intended to accommodate growth over the next 100 years.

Whilethe judiciary is asking for a raise in the coming fiscal year, it did note in its proposal that its state budget request is about $33.5 millionless than it might have been if not for collections it anticipates from temporary filing fee surcharges put in place by Act??49??of??2009. The Act 49 surcharge is set to expire Dec. 31 of this year, at which point the judiciary will have collected only about $17 million of the projected $33.5 million, but Castille said the court anticipates the legislation will be extended.

"If it's not, we would need another $17 million [in state funds] starting in January," Castille said.

According to the judiciary's proposal, projections estimate that by the end of this fiscal year, the courts will have used about $26.2 million in Act 49 funds.

Castille said the court will next advocate on behalf of its proposed budget before the state House of Representatives appropriations committee.

Zack Needles can be contacted at 215-557-2493 or zneedles@alm.com. Follow him on Twitter @ZNeedlesTLI. •

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