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BREAKING NEWS: Independence County files lawsuit against the city of Batesville over disagreement for funding district court

Independence County and the city of Batesville have disagreed in the last few years over several operational practices and one of them has spilled over into Independence County Circuit Court.

Independence County is asking the court to take a look at state statutes and determine who should fund the district court and to what extent. 

The complaint, filed by Independence County, says the city hasn’t paid its share of the operation of the court since January 2017.

Independence County is asking the court to determine the obligations of funding for the district court and to determine that Independence County does not solely operate the district court of Independence County.

County Attorney Daniel Haney explained that the suit is a declaratory judgment meant “simply to answer a question.”

The county was able to file the suit under the quorum court’s vote back in September allowing Haney to do what was needed to determine the city’s obligation to district court and jail.

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Madeline Pyle contributed to this story.

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