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Court houses in Bristol, Meriden to remain open

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Court houses in Meriden and Bristol were scheduled to close to save money, but now there’s a plan to save them from the chopping block.

"We all know how important these courthouses are in the communities in which they are located,” said democratic State Senator Martin Looney.

Lawmakers said budget cuts made across the board will keep the court houses open.

Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne (R-Bristol) said he is glad, however he said he wants to make sure the city gets reimbursed for tax-exempt properties like the court house, now that the state is restructuring what cities and towns get.

"We are still trying to get made whole with the courthouse. When can we expect that to happen,” Cockayne said.

Saving the court houses will save about 40 jobs, and will help keep businesses nearby from possibly going under.

Sam Salah, who manages a convenience store across the street from the Meriden courthouse, said close to half of his business depends on the court house.

"They have already lost so much --- there's nothing in downtown so if they close one thing---what else are they going to keep,” Salah said.

Lawmakers have come up with a way to find money in the budget to keep these courthouses open.

It may not be a permanent solution but for the immediate future they will stay open.

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