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Old 07-17-2014, 05:45 AM   #64
Ernest T
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Revenue from tickets isn't black and white. In Texas, it depends entirely on the jurisdiction you are in when you get the ticket and who gives it to you--state, county or local city. For instance, when you get a ticket from the DPS (a state trooper in Texas), you go to the local justice of the peace to settle up, not the state. If you end up paying a fine, it gets divided up and parceled out to several different agencies. The fine portion is divided up differently than the court costs which have risen dramatically the last 10 years. You really can't state categorically that it is or isn't about revenue. The Texas legislature has taken steps to stop municipalities from funding local government via ticket revenue by limiting the percentage of a budget that can come from that revenue.

Here's a breakdown for Texas municipalities. Without knowing exactly what "Other" is, the only category that can really be manipulated easily and quickly is court fines. I'm thinking other is program funding from either federal or state resources that are short term and change year to year.

Fees 2%
Cable Franchise Fees 1%
Sales Tax 27%
Other Sources 9%
Property Tax 37%
Transfers from Other Funds 7%
Interest Earnings .16%
Court Fines 3%
Permit/Fees 5%
Other Franchise Fees 2%
Electric (KWH) Franchise Fees 7%

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