The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio says the state's 300 mayor's courts must be reformed and in several big counties, including Cuyahoga, they should be eliminated.
“Newburgh Heights didn’t get this way overnight,” Elkins explains. “It took 30 years of not planning for the long term to get to a place where we were very nearly insolvent… We aggressively went after public money for sewers, roads, demolitions. [We] did foundation work quickly and aggressively to show residents even though it’s long term, you can see tangible short-term success that will lay a foundation to layer these growth incentives on top. Start with incentives, you put them on top of nothing.”
Elkins said one of his main objectives in filing the lawsuit was to show the story was “bogus.” “Judge Friedman’s opinion expressly confirms all of this, and in light of this recognition, we’ve concluded that it is no longer worth undertaking the burden and expense of this lawsuit any further," Elkins said in a statement. "In our view, it has been a success. We also hope it is now clear that recovering Village funds from legally obligated insurance companies is just good policy.”