Traffic ticket revenue could be redirected
Moffat County Commissioners passed the first reading Tuesday of an ordinance that will ensure that money from traffic tickets written by county deputies goes into county coffers.
Commissioners approved the first round of the Model Traffic Code in a public hearing during Tuesday’s regular commissioner meeting. No one spoke for or against the measure.
“The purpose is to allow the county to keep fines so they don’t go to the state,” county attorney Kathleen Taylor said. “Right now, if deputies write tickets in town, (that money) goes to the state.”
Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said deputies wouldn’t use the ordinance as an excuse to write more tickets.
“It will be pretty much business as usual,” Hoberg said.
Hoberg said the county has been working to change the ordinance. Portions of the ordinance were adopted last year and already have earned the county $1,800, Hoberg said.
Previously, revenue from traffic tickets issued by deputies went to state coffers. If commissioners adopt the measure as expected during a second reading scheduled May 31, those dollars can be rerouted to the county.
Hoberg said passage of the ordinance hit a snag last year when he pressed for adoption of a similar ordinance that didn’t directly mesh with current local code.
“When I really dug into it, I found that there was a lot we couldn’t use,” he said.
Hoberg said he mistakenly arranged for the entire code to be printed in as a legal notice, but realized later that only proposed changes needed to appear in print to pass regulations.
“It was my mistake,” he said. “It wasted some county money.”
In other business:
n Commissioners acknowledged Carol Haskins as an outstanding volunteer. Haskins has been volunteering with the 4-H program for 15 years. She serves as president of the Moffat County Fair Board and is a member of the Colorado State University Moffat County Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee.
n Commissioners appointed Angie Jenkins to the Adult Protection Team.
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