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Municipal court tactics improve revenue picture

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ANN BECK

Changes to fines, courts costs and payment options implemented by Judge Ann E. Beck have increased the amount of money flowing through the Bellefontaine Municipal Court.

Case filings — 10,522 —  were down 248 from 2011, yet the court saw a 21.67 percent increase in revenues payable to Bellefontaine and a 17.38 percent hike for Logan County, according to the court’s annual report.

Judge Beck increased fines and costs for both criminal and civil divisions, while providing an option to work off the fines via community service for defendants in criminal and traffic cases who are unable to pay the fines.

Bellefontaine City Auditor Jack Reser reports the court revenues to the general fund were more than $600,400, up from $533,500 in 2011 and $456,000 in 2010. General fund expenses were just over $531,100 in 2012; nearly $533,780 in 2011; and slightly more than $523,560 in 2010.

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