Another Fiscal Year Draws To A Close,
New Year Looks Promising
by Lisa Kiesel, Chief Deputy Court Administrator
June 30 will close another state
fiscal year fraught with
challenges. It hasn't been easy,
but it by no means has been the
most difficult year we've faced.
We started fiscal year
2011-2012 in a good financial
posture. A commitment from
the Executive and Legislative
Branches allowed the courts
statewide to secure over $100
million in loans to supplement
our State Courts Revenue Trust Fund. The amounts of
the loans were based on revenue projections.
Unfortunately, the actual revenues fell short of those
projections by approximately $14 million. With no time
left to secure additional loans and no other options, the
courts were forced to endure another round of budget
holdbacks to ensure payroll could be met through June
30. As we have done since the first round of budget
holdbacks in September 2007, we met that challenge
with stoic determination.
Fiscal year 2012-2013 should prove to be a financially
stable year for the courts. We are optimistic that it will be
"smooth sailing" the entire year.
You probably don't hear it enough, so THANK YOU to
all the 20th Circuit Judges, Judicial Assistants and Court
Administration staff for your dedication and patience as
we work through these difficult times.