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Board approves electronic traffic citation fee as addition to current City Court costs

By Bill Short

Flag City LogoThe Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously passed an ordinance on final reading this week that adds an electronic traffic citation fee to the City Court costs.
Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Thomas McGhee and seconded by Alderman Mike Caruthers.
The ordinance was unanimously passed on first reading at the board’s Feb. 9 meeting.
During discussion shortly before the vote Monday night, City Finance Director John Trusty said the additional fee is authorized by state law for municipal governments that have an “automated ticketing system.”
He noted that, as the ticket is written, it is automatically transferred into the court software.
Section 55-10-207 of the Tennessee Code Annotated allows the board to authorize the City Court clerk to charge and collect a $5 fee to cover costs related to an electronic traffic citation system.
But the section requires that the fee be terminated five years after it is adopted.
The ordinance amends Title 3, Chapter 3, Section 3-303 of the Millington Municipal Code to read that, in addition to the $5 fee, every person assessed a fine or other penalty by the City Court judge must also pay $76 in court costs.
Of that amount, $75 will be transmitted to the city, $1 to the state, $4 to the Millington Police Department, and $1 will be retained by the City Court clerk.
The amount allocated to the police department and court clerk will be used for ongoing development and operation of the electronic citation system, including computer hardware, usual and necessary computer-related expenses, or replacement.

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