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ID courts revise plan to add surcharge to offenses

















(A speeding ticket would cost you $10 more under a proposed
measure meant to raise money for Idaho's court system File Photo)


BOISE, Idaho. - Drivers cited for speeding would only face a $10 surcharge on their tickets, according to a revised proposal meant to bolster Idaho's cash-strapped court system.
     
State Courts Administrator Patricia Tobias' new measure, introduced Wednesday in the House Ways and Means Committee, would charge those convicted of misdemeanors an extra $50, while felony offenders would get slapped with a $100 fee.
     
A bill introduced earlier this session by Tobias would have hit nearly everyone found guilty of everything from an infraction to more-serious crimes with a $25 surcharge.
     
But she now says the courts have since been convinced a tiered approach is more appropriate.
     
The surcharges, due to expire after three years, would raise an estimated $4.3 million annually.
     
That's down from the $5.1 million in revenue generated by the original bill.

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