St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners

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Last week, the all-Republican St. Joseph County Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to advance a redistricting plan that would make two of their districts more Republican and the third overwhelmingly Democratic.

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The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners vetoed the county’s 2022 budget Tuesday. That’s after the county council approved it in a 6-3 party-line vote last week.

 

The issue? Raises for county employees – the budget raises the minimum yearly salary to $32,000 a year, or about $16.41 an hour. Other county officials – including members of the county council and board of commissioners – would also receive raises.

 

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The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners voted to deny federal funding Tuesday that allows the county health department to hire more community health workers. That’s after the Elkhart County Council denied an application for the same grant last month. 

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The St. Joseph County Commissioners voted to establish the county’s redistricting process Tuesday.

State and local lawmakers are required to redraw the boundaries of their districts once every 10 years, based on new census data. 

 

In August, the county commissioners hired Indianapolis law firm Kroger, Gardis and Regas to help with the process. The firm is managed by former Republican state House Speaker Brian Bosma.

 

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The Supreme Court struck down the CDC’s nationwide eviction moratorium last week, but emergency rental assistance is still available

St. Joseph County ERA Administrator Corey Szczypka said Tuesday the county is currently processing 343 rental assistance applications and has another 630 waiting in the online portal

 

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The St. Joseph County Police Department is getting nearly $2.2 million to purchase a body camera system. The funding is coming from $10.5 million first round of the county’s nearly $53 million in American Rescue Plan dollars.

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St. Joseph County is seeking to provide dedicated funding for the consolidated 911 dispatch center by redirecting existing tax revenue. Right now, the center is funded by South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph County and handles emergency calls for most of the county.

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has vetoed the county’s face mask fine measure, just a week after the County Council voted to extend it.

The measure allows the health department to fine businesses up to $250 for failing to enforce mask-wearing among employees. 

 

The County Council voted last week to keep the ordinance in place until the health department’s mask order expires at the end of May.