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Commissioners seek technology fee on tickets

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.

Comments

kevin 1 year, 1 month ago

always more bucks to spend.

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R 1 year, 1 month ago

Just make sure the Emachines are setup to accept pesos as part of the new state house bill text ...

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 1 month ago

The technology fee is likely required by the $10k per replacement pc in every police vehicle. That must be one helluva laptop.

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BuzzG 1 year, 1 month ago

It's never enough. 10 days after they add this "fee", they will come up with another. Gwinnett government is the black hole that sucks up everything that comes near it.

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TOWG 1 year, 1 month ago

OK, I went back and read the article twice to make sure, because the first time I read it I could not believe we are going to spend $700,000 a year to maintain this e-ticket system each year as well as train the officers on how to use it. Well it seems that we are! Who is keeping an eye on the money over there? Something about this doesn't add up. If what Don_Coyote said is right (about the cost of the laptops) I think we're getting ripped off on our technology purchases. Gwinnett County needs to call Vision Computers!!!

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

The computer purchases for both PD and the FD all are on a competitive bid process based on specifications. The company that can meet the specs with the lowest cost is awarded the bid.

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Why_not 1 year, 1 month ago

These aren't the "run of the mill" laptop computers.....not even close.

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pcjohn 1 year, 1 month ago

Why cannot the "asset forfeiture" funds that the police get be used for this unnecessary expense? Fines for traffic citations are high enough.

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 1 month ago

My bad. The E ticket ride the BOC gave the police department was $6.3 million for new pcs AND a printer for each cruiser. Now we find that these are not only just additional expenses charged to the taxpayer with no announced offset in administrative costs but will be a future drain of $1.4 million per year for "maintenance and training".

Traffic fines should be punitive for breaking the traffic laws but I've always had a problem with counties and municipalities that view them as a source of revenue. If the legislature really wanted to be useful they should see that all fines go to the state for pooling and distributing back to the counties and cities by population. This would be a disincentive for certain fee grabbing areas of the state which we all know exist.

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Don_Coyote 1 year, 1 month ago

Bottom line is the bottom line. Generally when you embrace newer technology there is a cost savings trade off. This e-ticketing deal appears to be quite the opposite.

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InTheKno 1 year, 1 month ago

While I dont support more taxes etc, this seems like the ultimate "user fee". Dont want to pay it, dont violate traffic laws. Law biding citizens will not be adversely affected. I have no problem with the law breakers paying for this.

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