Going to court for a crime may soon mean you will pay more money. Under proposed state legislation, you would have to pay an extra $10 if a police officer had to testify in your case, but only if you were convicted. Bowling Green Mayor Sandy Jones says those types of cases usually involve drugs, abuse and assaults, but generally not traffic violations.
Jones also says more money from court costs will not cause police to seek out arrests because the added revenue will take up so little of the city's budget. Lawmakers proposed the fees in the state budget to help offset the impact cities will feel from budget cuts. When the budget becomes final, all cities will face a fifty percent cut in base court funding. Those fees would go into effect July 1, 2003.