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Marion County Board learns new state law will cut court revenue

Marion County Board learns new state law will cut court revenue

The Marion County Board has been told to expect a revenue hit when a new law takes effect July first that will waive criminal court fines and fees to the low income.

County Clerk Ronda Yates told the board Tuesday night she is uncertain how much revenue the county will lose from those on ten separate assistance programs.

“If you qualify for any one program, you qualify for a waiver of your court fees.  Because the poverty level has changed.  It’s everything.  It used to only be certain fines and fees, now that changed it all called the assessment act and it’s attributed to fines and all assessment so it could affect everything.”

Yates is uncertain how much of the fines and fees now assessed on low-income residents is actually getting collected. She says a similar waiver program is already in place for the civil side of the court system.

Yates confirmed if the Governor signs another bill now on his desk the county will be looking at another loss of revenue. The law, if signed, would increase the credit on bond and fines for those being held in the county jail from $5 to $30 a day.