Freshman state Rep. Mandi Ballinger (R-Canton), the lead sponsor of the local legislation, said the proposed legislation would add a $5 fee to every Cherokee County State Court filing.
Money collected from the fee would be put into its own fund and would be spent on technology improvements for the court at the discretion of the chief State Court judge.
The fee would be collected for five years, two years longer than the court’s previous technology fee.
“The original was for three years, but now because there are three State Court judges as opposed to two, they might need more money. There are more courtrooms, and Cherokee County is getting bigger,” Ballinger said.
The State Court in Cherokee County instituted the first technology fee from 2003 to 2006, the period of time mandated by the local legislation passed at the time.
“The courts are just now running out of money from that,” Ballinger said. “Hopefully they’ll be able to build up another pool of money.”
Ballinger said a second technology fee would allow State Court to stay up-to-date with technology without having to ask the county commission or taxpayers for more money.
“Basically, the people who are using State Court are paying for State Court,” she said.
If approved by a legislative vote, Ballinger said the fee would go into effect in July.
The court technology fee will be the first piece of legislation Ballinger will introduce. It will work through a committee before being voted on by the House of Representatives.
At a meeting with the delegation in December, Cherokee County State Court Judge Alan Jordan said he would like to see legislators reinstate the fee.