Increased Revenue Expected from Higher Driver's License Fees Not Showing Up

September 25, 2003 - Posted at: 8:48 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Increased driver's license reinstatement fees intended to provide much-needed funding to the Arkansas State Police are not producing the revenue that was expected.

But State Police officials remain cautiously optimistic that the fees will meet targeted amounts.

The state began charging the higher fees in April, planning to generate about $416,000 a month to fund more troopers and child abuse investigators.

So far, the higher fees have generated only $586,000, compared to the more than two million dollars the State Police sought.

If the shortfall continues, the agency will have to change or postpone plans to fill dozens of positions, officials said.

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