I have also included some financials below
to give a better picture of the monies
and what happens. This is for the month of April 2018.
Total collected by the Town
sent to State of SC
16,404.25 = 51%
Amount Retained by the Town for Victim Services
$'s to Town's General Fund
13,769.50 approx 43%
Roughly 43% of every dollar, of every fine in our
courtroom, goes to the Town general fund, the rest goes to the State, or where the State mandates.
Breakdown of where the State's money goes from April 2018:
Public Defenders Application Fees (indigent) $
Municipal Discharge Fee
DUS/DPS Pullout (goes to another agency)
Pullout (goes to another agency)
DUI Breathalyzer test
Municipal Law Enforcement Surcharge
Criminal Justice Academy
These are the fees that the state mandates us to collect on their behalf on top of the municipal fines that we
are allowed to charge. We have to pay an individual who helps in our court to make sure every month the State gets their
money. We don't get reimbursed for any of this employee cost.
There is a State law that says the General
Assembly is to place 4.5% of the preceding
year's general fund into an account called the Local Government Fund. That money is to be distributed back to the county governments
and municipal governments to help offset the cost of all the States unfunded mandates.
For the last 10 or more years, the General Assembly
has done a proviso that allows them to ignore the State statute, and they have shorted that fund approximately 30% each year,
and again this year in their budget. To Irmo that equates about a hundred and some thousand dollars. In my mind, this is
the equivalent of Congress taking money out of the Social Security Fund to balance their budget.
The money that comes into the Town of Irmo from
our municipal court goes into our general fund to pay general fund expenses, i.e.
administrative costs, public works, the police department, our parks, and maintenance, water and electric bill, etc. etc.
The money we pay to the State, well, you would have to ask the State, or your Elected State Officials what they do with that money, and where it goes. We have no clue, I have
no clue, they just tell us to collect it, and we just send it, and they won't even pay us a fee or percentage to do that.
Yet, any monies they collect on behalf of municipalities they want to keep a portion of it for their handling cost.
I guess what is good for the goose, isn't always good for the gander. But as you know, it should be. Right is right,
and if it is not, it's wrong.