LAWRENCEVILLE -- A fee on traffic tickets could soon help pay for a new e-ticketing system for Gwinnett County Police.
Commissioners officially asked legislators to impose the $10 technology fee Tuesday, a request that went unfulfilled in 2012.
Susan Lee, the county's legislative liaison, said the fee would raise about $1.4 million a year until it sunsets in 2016, paying for the maintenance and training for the e-ticketing program.
Equipment was purchased last summer to allow officers to digitize tickets while on the side of the road, issuing a computer print-out instead of manually writing tickets and later entering them into a computer. The equipment was funded by a county sales tax, but the law does not allow for the maintenance and training to come from the 1 percent tax.
Instead, Lee said the money would have to come from the county's general fund, which primarily comes from property taxes, if the technology fee is not imposed.
Commissioners pointed out that about 40 percent of tickets issued are to people who do not live in Gwinnett, and people will not have to pay the fee unless they break the law.
"The folks who are law-abiding are not going to pay this," Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said before the unanimous vote.
Members of Gwinnett's local legislative delegation must approve the measure, and the governor must sign it before it could be imposed.