ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new report by a group that supports government consolidation is calling for major changes to the ways municipal courts in St. Louis County boost city revenue by relying on traffic fines.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the group Better Together is recommending that cities pool money collected from traffic court while capping the amount they can keep from such fines at 10 percent. Current Missouri law requires amounts above 30 percent to go to the state.
The report comes after Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich announced an inquiry in the finances of 10 municipal courts statewide, including Ferguson and four others in St. Louis County.
The added scrutiny follows the police shooting death of Michael Brown in north St. Louis County.