COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Courthouse Security Fee Increase

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Public hearing to consider proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 1, Section 1-119, General Provisions, of the Code of the County of Albemarle, to increase the courthouse security fee

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Wiggans

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

June 6, 2007

 

ACTION:     X                  INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

     ACTION:                     INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

Currently, County Code Section 1-119(B) requires defendants convicted in criminal or traffic cases in the district or circuit court to pay a fee of five dollars ($5.00) to be used for funding courthouse security personnel.

 

During the last General Assembly session, the General Assembly amended Virginia Code Section 53.1-120 to enable a locality to increase the courthouse security fee from $5.00 to $10.00.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

4.  Fund the County’s future needs

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The attached proposed County Code amendment would implement an increase in the courthouse security fee from $5.00 to $10.00.  As enabled by Virginia Code Section 53.1-120, the amendment would also authorize that the fee, in addition to funding courthouse security personnel, be available to fund equipment and other personal property used in connection with courthouse security if requested by the sheriff.

 

The ordinance would be effective on and after July 1, 2007.

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

The average annual revenue generated from the collection of this fee for the last two fiscal years was $53,591.00. The fee increase would double the revenue and would be available to fund courthouse security personnel and security related equipment.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board adopt the attached proposed ordinance after the public hearing.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Proposed Ordinance

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