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County considers raising court costs
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Warren County commissioners are seeking what’s being called “creative revenue” to fund a jail expansion by increasing court cost revenue from $10 a case to $60.“We are looking for creative revenue,” said Warren County assistant attorney Robert Bratcher. “There is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated a privilege tax, a litigation tax, to be charged to litigants in courts in Warren County. We currently collect a $10 per litigant charge that has been in effect since 2000.”Over the last 17 years, said Bratcher, the state has approved additional charges that qualifying counties can collect and use for jail or workhouse construction, reconstruction, and upgrading to retire debt associated with jail or workhouse construction, or on courthouse renovations.“The current status is there are now two additional statutes that we could be collecting for litigation taxes, $25 for each of them.