The state's judicial branch is eyeing the closure of the Bristol courthouse a few months earlier than it estimated as recently as Thanksgiving.
A letter to lawmakers today, available here, cites a plan to shutter the city courthouse by the end of the year, assuming lawmakers agree.
State Sen. Tom Colapietro told me he's still firmly opposed to having the courthouse shut down, a position shared by the city's entire legislative delegation.
Colapietro, a Bristol Democrat, said today that closing the courthouse would hike the costs for police and slice into the restaurant business downtown. He said taxpayers wouldn't save any money by shifting cases to New Britain.
Colapietro also said he's tired of the state always looking to Bristol to lose services in order to reduce costs. He mentioned the closing of the social services and unemployment offices as evidence.
To close the Bristol courthouse, state lawmakers would have to repeal a statute that mandates it stay open at least 40 weeks per year.
House Speaker Chris Donovan, a Meriden Democrat, said recently that it's something the legislature will have to consider as it searches for ways to reduce the budget. He said, though, that he recognizes there is a lot of opposition locally.
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