Pima County

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has approved a motion that will have motorists paying more for common civil traffic violations beginning July 1.

Passed unanimously, the measure will increase the cost of a citation for infractions such as speeding, waste of finite resources, and lacking proof of insurance, driver’s license, or registration.

A $20 fee will be imposed on motorists who violate such laws in unincorporated Pima County, and a state surcharge of $17 will also be added to the tally. 

Speeders traveling up to 10 miles per hour over the posted limit will now pay $213.50, and prices climb from there depending on the traveler’s speed. Failure to provide proof of insurance or registration will result in a $188.50 violation, while lack of a driver’s license will incur a $128.50 fee.

The additional revenues will be used to defray costs associated with the movement of the Pima County Consolidated Court from its current location to a new, 117,000-square-foot Pima County Public Service Center in the 2014-15 fiscal year – expected to cost the county approximately $1 million annually.

The new citation revenues come on the tail end of the county’s implementation of other court-related fees like default processing, prosecution processing, continuance processing, collection fees, arrest warrant process, and court automation charges. 

In addition to civil traffic complaints, individuals with eviction complaints will also be subject to the new fees. 

In other news, the board heard a presentation from the Pima County Public Library’s Youth Design Team, an organization that allows students an education outside of the typical classroom setting. The youth team asked the county for its support – financially or otherwise, in helping establish a Youth Media Center, where students can learn through peer educators and mentors who work in their desired field of study. 

The team researched likeminded centers from around the nation, and issued 2,000 surveys to students to gather feedback. Much of the focus is to help students who struggle or lack interest in a typical classroom rubric.

“I felt like students didn’t have a voice in what they were doing,” said Youth Team Design member Amelia Marsh. “I felt like they were disenfranchised, and unheard, and like their education wasn’t in their hands, and that frustrated people. I didn’t want that in my education, and I didn’t want to succeed as a result of that, and that’s why I’m really passionate about this project, because I truly believe that we can change the education paradigm in this country.”

The Pima County Public Library system received a $100,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services to help fund the project, in which 15 youth advisors were hired to determine which activities and services would be provided.

The group’s aim is to counter some staggering numbers, which include an estimated 7,000 high school students that drop out each day due to lack of interest, bullying, or poverty.

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