That’s good news, but what will that mean for Tracy?
Will some of those funds be used to reopen the Tracy courthouse, or at the very least re-establish the local business office so Tracy and Mountain House residents won’t have to go to Stockton to pay traffic tickets? If that’s not part of the conversation, it should be.
When it was announced two months ago that a reduction in state funding would hit the county court system hard, it was Tracy that took the hardest hit. Although one of two Lodi courts was closed and 45 employees of the countywide system were laid off, the Tracy courthouse was completely shut down, closing the courtroom and also the business office.
Now, with the $2 million in emergency funding, it’s time for the county’s court administrators to take a second look at the shuttered Tracy courthouse. The present populations of Tracy and Mountain House, coupled with prospects for future growth in this corner of the county, provide a compelling case for re-establishing court services here.
If these are emergency funds the county court system is receiving, then this is where the emergency is having its greatest impact. It’s time to get the county’s justice system back in business in the Tracy courthouse.