June 25, 2016

Mostly clear

Taxpayers are dropping suit to save Ohio courthouse

TIFFIN, Ohio — Some taxpayers are giving up their court fight to save a county courthouse in northwest Ohio that’s more than 125 years old.

The attorney for the plaintiffs says pressing ahead with the case could break Seneca County. The (Toledo) Blade reported depositions of county officials scheduled for today and Thursday have been canceled.

A group of county taxpayers filed a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court in hopes of stopping work to tear down the courthouse built in 1884 in Tiffin. But the state’s highest court last week declined to take emergency action.

County officials have said there’s no money to fix up the building. Removal of asbestos began last week, and demolition is scheduled to begin Jan. 3.