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City Of Mitchell Owes State Collected Traffic Fines

Last updated on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

(MITCHELL) - In the past eight months, the city of Mitchell has collected more than $24,000 in traffic-related ordinance violations. But the state says they must turn that fine money over.

The City of Mitchell received notice on Nov.1 from the State Board of Accounts that said if the city was collecting fines from moving violations and not turning them over to the Indiana Auditor's Office, then the city was in violation and those funds needed to be turned over immediately.

The Times-Mail reports that In March the city council opted to re-create an ordinance violation bureau so that when city officers ticketed a motorist, money from those tickets would stay in Mitchell, instead of being forwarded to the county or state. The violations cost less and will not appear on the motorist's driving record.

The ordinance was tailored after the City of Bedford's, which has been using this system for years.

Since receiving the letter, the Mitchell Police Department has ceased writing moving ordinance violations and plans to remit the funds as soon as it receives the directive from the auditor's office.

Luckily for the City of Mitchell, none of the money collected has been spent.

The City of Mitchell owes the state $24,205.

Information Times-Mail, https://www.hoosiertimes.com/tmnews/news

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