Jackson City Council expected to increase traffic fines

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on Tuesday to pass an order that increases by $1 all traffic tickets issued by police.

If passed the increase is expected to generate $40,000 to $60,000 annually for the police department.

Chief Shirlene Anderson said the funds could be used to offset the cost of training and equipment purchases.

The City Council’s Budget Committee agreed on Thursday to present the measure before the entire body for what is expected to be an overwhelming vote in support of the measure. House Bill 1114 empowered municipalities to add the fee.

“I certainly want to thank my colleagues for supporting this measure. I think it’s very important that the council acknowledge the Jackson police department,” said Ward 6 Councilman Marshand Crisler, who authored the city’s version of the measure. “There are some critical needs that must be met. This is just one measure that will assist (police) in overcoming some of the challenges they have in the police department and help fund needed training and resources in the police department.”

Clarion Ledger
7/12/7