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County OKs $50 court cost increase
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It will cost an additional $50 per court case in Warren County.
The full Warren County Commission met Monday night and approved two resolutions to charge an additional $50 to increase its revenue from $10 per case to $60 and use that money to fund expansion at the jail.
Increasing the court cost fee was a recommendation by the county Budget and Finance Committee as a “creative” revenue source for increasing the bed capacity of the jail.
According to Warren County assistant attorney Robert Bratcher, the county has been charging $10 per case since 2000 by Tennessee Code Annotated. New regulations allow the county to include additional charges of $25, along with another $25 the county can use for jail or workhouse construction, or on courthouse renovations.
One of the two fees can also be used for courthouse security.
The additional revenue could bring in $230,000 annually, if the amount of paid court costs remains unchanged. Last year, the county collected $46,000 from 4,600 cases.
Both measures passed 23-1. Commissioner Michael Martin voted against.