Village Of Homer Adds $25 Surcharge to All Traffic Tickets Issued
Drivers beware, the next time you receive a traffic ticket in the Village of Homer you will be paying an additional $25 dollars on top of any other state court surcharge and fine. The village has tacked its own surcharge onto all vehicle and traffic tickets.
In an effort to increase revenue and help support the Village Police Department, Village trustees have added a $25 dollar surcharge to all traffic tickets written in the village limits.
Lawmakers have been discussing the idea for several months and after some research by Village Attorney Patrick Perfetti it was determined that the additional charge is legal.
The Village Board of Trustees held a public hearing last night on the local law that created the surcharge, no one spoke.
Following the hearing the board voted unanimously to adopt the new local law.
Mayor Genevieve Suits explains that right now the village receives very little revenue from traffic citations because the tickets are processed by the Homer Town Court, the state takes the bulk of the fine the rest goes to the town. This new surcharge will help fund the Homer Police Department.
Village officers write an average of 55 traffic tickets per month, it’s expected this surcharge will generate about $12 thousand dollars a year in additional revenue for the village. Tickets written by state and county police would also include the surcharge.