Those going to municipal court in El Dorado will be seeing an increase in their court costs.


Those going to municipal court in El Dorado will be seeing an increase in their court costs.

The El Dorado City Commission voted to raise the costs at their last meeting.

Currently, the city charges a $19.50 fee, all of which goes to the state.

The new few approved was $25, of which the city will retain the additional fee.

"If citations continue as they have in the past, the new fees should generate between $12,000 and $15,000 per year," said Herb Llewellyn, city manager. "My vision to the Commission was to use this new revenue to support agencies whose clients are mostly victims of crime."

The raise will help offset the money the city is losing through the liquor tax they are not receiving any longer from the state.

"With the liquor tax money kind of in jeopardy, it would create a safety net for those agencies where you wouldn't have to be asked to levy mill levies to make up if we lost those dollars," he said.

Two of the entities it would benefit are the Safe House and SCARF.

Before proposing the change, they looked at several surrounding communities and they charge higher fees than El Dorado.

Llewellyn also will be sending letters to the other governments with courts in the county to see if they would follow suit.