Did Boone County ever participate in such a program? Why can’t Boone County’s Board get such details about the revenue side of the policing function?
A key issue being debated is whether the two traffic deputies generate enough revenue in citations to subsidize their continued employment. The deputies were assigned to specialized traffic duty in 2007, and their salaries have been reimbursed annually since then through a Traffic Law Enforcement Program (TLEP) grant.
This $150,000 annual grant, which includes federal funding administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, will no longer be available to the sheriff’s office after 2010.
Nov. 1, 2008, to Oct. 31, 2009, county traffic citations generated $823,251 in revenue, of which about $478,310 went into the general fund. This includes tickets for speeding, driving while suspended or revoked, and DUI offenses, Curran said. The totals reflect traffic fines and some court costs, she said.
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