JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Municipalities in Craighead County are one step closer to having a written agreement on the books regarding money associated with tickets issued by Arkansas State Police.
"Future generations will understand that this is what the agreement was," Tony Thomas, assistant to Craighead County Judge Ed Hill said.
Leaders of each Craighead County town met last fall about the issue. Prior to 2014, when state troopers issued written tickets, they had the discretion of which town they let process it.
According to Thomas, Bay, Bono and Brookland were the primary towns processing those tickets and subsequently getting the funds from it.
When ASP switched to issuing electronic tickets though, the processing automatically started going through Craighead County and those towns stopped receiving those funds.
"State police tickets are primarily used for equipment purchases in police departments," Thomas said. "When this all kind of came about, you saw cities who had received tickets experience a significant decrease in that line item that they were using to purchase additional equipment for their officers."
However, Thomas said the process will now be fair.
"No longer is Craighead County getting it all, no longer are three other cities receiving it all, but it is going to be a distribution based upon where tickets are written for all communities," Thomas said. "All of our communities, including Craighead County should see some revenue from state police tickets where as before, that was not occurring."
In the agreement, Craighead County will keep 5% of the funds from each ticket for a processing fee.
Each city is in the process of passing the agreement through city council. The Jonesboro City Council Finance Committee will discuss a resolution about the agreement on Feb. 9.
The full council will consider the issue on Feb. 16.
Thomas told Region 8 News that the quorum court must also pass a resolution on the agreement.
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