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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 1:00 pm

Through June, the county’s new municipal court has collected a total of $249,242.

That means the court has collected almost all of the revenue in the first six months than what was anticipated for the whole year.

Presiding County Commissioner John Griesheimer said the court is on track to beat budget projections, but it is hard to say by how much.

“It’s going to vary from month to month, and we know that,” Griesheimer said.

However, Griesheimer said he is pleased with the way the court is working out in its first full year of operation.

“We did not know what to expect,” Griesheimer said.

The county’s fiscal year 2013 budget projected the court’s revenues to be $257,100.

The new court allows the county to capture fines and fees as opposed to that money going to the circuit court, which is run by the state.

The county municipal court handles traffic cases and planning and zoning violations. The court also plans to hear cases involving violations of health and building codes.

Revenue comes from collecting court costs and fines. Fines in June totaled $40,586.

In June, 426 cases were disposed of, and the total disposed cases for the year is 1,973, or 93.3 percent. There were 417 cases opened in June.

All of the fines stay with the county while a portion of the court costs go to the state.

Traffic-related cases have court costs of $47.50, and that is divided between the county and state agencies. The county keeps $25.87 of the court costs. Tickets for failing to wear a seat belt do not have court costs.

In June, court costs totaled $16,340, and $8,905 of that stayed with the county.

The county portion of the court costs is divided between the general fund, law enforcement training fund, law enforcement sales tax fund, prosecuting attorney’s training fund and the municipal court fund.

Between court costs and fines, the court collected a total of $56,926 in June.

The court’s expenditures for the year are budgeted at $156,883. Of that, $70,583 is for wages and benefits. The court employs a part-time judge and a full-time clerk.

Other expenses include $76,800 for services, most of which goes to the Union law firm of Purschke, White, Robinson & Becker. The firm is paid $5,500 a month, or $66,000 a year, to act as prosecutor for the court.

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