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    http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_articl...?storyid=87475

    KSDK-The new list is out, and you might be surprised to find out what the NewsChannel Five I-Team has learned.

    There are scores of municipalities in St. Louis County, each with a police department. Some of those towns raise huge percentages of their budgets with court fines.

    We arrived at the percentages with simple math. We looked at financial statements issued by the cities themselves, and we divided the amount collected in their courts by the amount of their general revenues. That figure was the percentage of revenue from fines.

    For example, in Bel-Ridge, they had general revenue of $1,433,780 in 2003; $699 thousand came from fines. Divide the fine figure by the revenue, and you get 48 percent!

    The police chief in Bel-Ridge in north St. Louis County was surprised to learn how much of his city's budget comes from court fines. Chief Gordon Brock says his officers don't take any special enforcement steps, but admits his officers write 850 tickets a month.
    The town has about 3,000 residents.

    Bel-Ridge also runs a municipal court three nights a month. When it's court night in Bel-Ridge, dozens of defendants show up for court, to plead their cases, and they usually pay fines. However, attempts by NewsChannel Five I-Team reporter Mike Owens to witness court were rebuffed. Police guarding the courtroom door refused his request to enter, saying they had a court order, limiting court to defendants only. However, the judge in Bel-Ridge, Thomas Flach, tells his clerk there is no such order.

    But Bel-Ridge isn't the top city for traffic fines. That distinction goes to tiny Country Club Hills, located on Lucas-Hunt and West Florissant, also in North County. The town has a second distinction: the mayor recently was sentenced to five years probation for stealing from his former employer, a mail services company in Brentwood.

    Country Club Hills writes speeding tickets. Officers have a new wrinkle on traffic enforcement: parking patrol cars in closed traffic lanes, and writing tickets to drivers who thought they were in a turning lane. The police cars and motorists jam up traffic on Lucas-Hunt, just south of West Florissant, with the officer dodging moving traffic to give out tickets.

    A state senator from southern Missouri, Delbert Scott, says it's incredible that these municipalities are raising so much money on the backs of unsuspecting motorists. Scott says it's not fair, calling it highway robbery. Scott passed a law several years ago which made it illegal for a town to raise more than 45 percent of its budget from traffic fines.

    However, that law only pertains to fines levied on state and federal highways, and most of the fines in St. Louis County are coming off local roads, and the law doesn't apply.

    Here's the list of the top traffic ticket towns, followed by the other communities, but they are listed alphabetically.

    County Club Hills 61%
    Bella Villa 59%
    Bel-Ridge 48%
    Calverton Park 56%
    Moline Acres 41%

    The alphabetic list:
    Ballwin 4%
    Bel Nor 6%
    Bellefontaine Neighbors 10%
    Bellerive Acres 36%
    Berkeley 11%
    Beverly Hills 23%
    Black Jack 18%
    Brentwood 4%
    Bridgeton 2%
    Charlack 26%
    Chesterfield 5%
    Clarkson Valley 25%
    Clayton 5%
    Cool Valley 37%
    Crestwood 4%
    Creve Coeur 11%
    Crystal Lake Park N/A
    Dellwood N/A
    Des Peres 4%
    Edmundson 25%
    Ellisville 2%
    Eureka 9%
    Fenton 5%
    Ferguson 11%
    Flordell Hills 30%
    Florissant 9%
    Frontenac 9%
    Glendale 6%
    Glen Echo 0%
    Grantwood 8%
    Greendale 26%
    Green Park N/A
    Hanley Hills 10%
    Hazelwood 3%
    Hillsdale 8%
    Huntleigh 0%
    Jennings 7%
    Kinloch N/A
    Kirkwood 3%
    Ladue 4%
    Lakeshire 1%
    Mackenzie 0%
    Manchester 6%
    Maplewood 8%
    Marlborough 28%
    Maryland Heights 2%
    Normandy 6%
    Northwoods 8%

    Norwood Court 6%
    Oakland 13%
    Olivette 4%
    Overland 5%
    Pacific 5%
    Pagedale 7%
    Pasadena Hills 3%
    Pasadena Park 6%
    Pine Lawn 13%
    Richmond Heights N/A
    Riverview 14%
    Rock Hill 10%
    St. Ann 7%
    St. George 28%
    St. John 21%
    Shrewsbury 6%
    Sunset Hills 4%
    Sycamore Hills 5%
    Town and Country 14%
    Twin Oaks N/A
    University City 2%
    Uplands Park 19%
    Valley Park 5%
    Velda City 30%
    Velda Village 19%
    Vinita Park 13%
    Vinita Terrace 35%
    Warson Woods N/A
    Webster Groves 6%
    Wellston 9%
    Westwood 0%
    Wilbur Park 0%
    Wildwood 6%
    Winchester 9%
    Woodson Terrace 6%

    Some of these figures are marked N/A, which means the cities did not provide any financial data to the Missouri Auditor, the office which maintains community financial data, and the source of information for this story.

  • #2
    Rock Hill at only 10%.......did officer Ziegler retire?

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    • #3
      QUOTE(jusse @ Nov 9 2005, 10:15 AM) Quoted post

      http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_articl...?storyid=87475

      KSDK-The new list is out, and you might be surprised to find out what the NewsChannel Five I-Team has learned.

      There are scores of municipalities in St. Louis County, each with a police department. Some of those towns raise huge percentages of their budgets with court fines.

      We arrived at the percentages with simple math. We looked at financial statements issued by the cities themselves, and we divided the amount collected in their courts by the amount of their general revenues. That figure was the percentage of revenue from fines.

      For example, in Bel-Ridge, they had general revenue of $1,433,780 in 2003; $699 thousand came from fines. Divide the fine figure by the revenue, and you get 48 percent!

      The police chief in Bel-Ridge in north St. Louis County was surprised to learn how much of his city's budget comes from court fines. Chief Gordon Brock says his officers don't take any special enforcement steps, but admits his officers write 850 tickets a month.
      The town has about 3,000 residents.

      Bel-Ridge also runs a municipal court three nights a month. When it's court night in Bel-Ridge, dozens of defendants show up for court, to plead their cases, and they usually pay fines. However, attempts by NewsChannel Five I-Team reporter Mike Owens to witness court were rebuffed. Police guarding the courtroom door refused his request to enter, saying they had a court order, limiting court to defendants only. However, the judge in Bel-Ridge, Thomas Flach, tells his clerk there is no such order.

      But Bel-Ridge isn't the top city for traffic fines. That distinction goes to tiny Country Club Hills, located on Lucas-Hunt and West Florissant, also in North County. The town has a second distinction: the mayor recently was sentenced to five years probation for stealing from his former employer, a mail services company in Brentwood.

      Country Club Hills writes speeding tickets. Officers have a new wrinkle on traffic enforcement: parking patrol cars in closed traffic lanes, and writing tickets to drivers who thought they were in a turning lane. The police cars and motorists jam up traffic on Lucas-Hunt, just south of West Florissant, with the officer dodging moving traffic to give out tickets.

      A state senator from southern Missouri, Delbert Scott, says it's incredible that these municipalities are raising so much money on the backs of unsuspecting motorists. Scott says it's not fair, calling it highway robbery. Scott passed a law several years ago which made it illegal for a town to raise more than 45 percent of its budget from traffic fines.

      However, that law only pertains to fines levied on state and federal highways, and most of the fines in St. Louis County are coming off local roads, and the law doesn't apply.

      Here's the list of the top traffic ticket towns, followed by the other communities, but they are listed alphabetically.

      County Club Hills 61%
      Bella Villa 59%
      Bel-Ridge 48%
      Calverton Park 56%
      Moline Acres 41%

      The alphabetic list:
      Ballwin 4%
      Bel Nor 6%
      Bellefontaine Neighbors 10%
      Bellerive Acres 36%
      Berkeley 11%
      Beverly Hills 23%
      Black Jack 18%
      Brentwood 4%
      Bridgeton 2%
      Charlack 26%
      Chesterfield 5%
      Clarkson Valley 25%
      Clayton 5%
      Cool Valley 37%
      Crestwood 4%
      Creve Coeur 11%
      Crystal Lake Park N/A
      Dellwood N/A
      Des Peres 4%
      Edmundson 25%
      Ellisville 2%
      Eureka 9%
      Fenton 5%
      Ferguson 11%
      Flordell Hills 30%
      Florissant 9%
      Frontenac 9%
      Glendale 6%
      Glen Echo 0%
      Grantwood 8%
      Greendale 26%
      Green Park N/A
      Hanley Hills 10%
      Hazelwood 3%
      Hillsdale 8%
      Huntleigh 0%
      Jennings 7%
      Kinloch N/A
      Kirkwood 3%
      Ladue 4%
      Lakeshire 1%
      Mackenzie 0%
      Manchester 6%
      Maplewood 8%
      Marlborough 28%
      Maryland Heights 2%
      Normandy 6%
      Northwoods 8%

      Norwood Court 6%
      Oakland 13%
      Olivette 4%
      Overland 5%
      Pacific 5%
      Pagedale 7%
      Pasadena Hills 3%
      Pasadena Park 6%
      Pine Lawn 13%
      Richmond Heights N/A
      Riverview 14%
      Rock Hill 10%
      St. Ann 7%
      St. George 28%
      St. John 21%
      Shrewsbury 6%
      Sunset Hills 4%
      Sycamore Hills 5%
      Town and Country 14%
      Twin Oaks N/A
      University City 2%
      Uplands Park 19%
      Valley Park 5%
      Velda City 30%
      Velda Village 19%
      Vinita Park 13%
      Vinita Terrace 35%
      Warson Woods N/A
      Webster Groves 6%
      Wellston 9%
      Westwood 0%
      Wilbur Park 0%
      Wildwood 6%
      Winchester 9%
      Woodson Terrace 6%

      Some of these figures are marked N/A, which means the cities did not provide any financial data to the Missouri Auditor, the office which maintains community financial data, and the source of information for this story.
      [/b][/quote]

      Glad to see Bella Villa hasn't changed. The only speeding ticket I ever got was driving through that burg in 1970.
      I agree with Davhaf.....Kaiser March 9,2004

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      Mick Jagger is in better shape than far too many NBA players. It's up in the air whether the same can be said of Keith Richards.

      Bill Walton

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      • #4
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        Marlborough 28%
        St. George 28%[/b][/quote]
        Two of my personal favs

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        Shrewsbury 6%[/b][/quote]
        Can't believe this number is not higher. They are brutal on that stretch on Shrewsbury Ave between Big Bend and 44-EB.

        jj twiggs - A great family restaurant

        Dear God, KBF here. I'd just like to say thanks, once again, for allowing Dusty Baker and I to live during the same time period. Every time I think he's given me his last gift -- overpitching Prior in the playoffs, getting cocky in Game 6 vs. the Angels, blowing another game for the Cubs -- he does something stupid like pitching to Albert Pujols. Thy will be done, baby!!!!!

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        • #5
          QUOTE(Donuts_For_Koharski @ Nov 9 2005, 10:25 AM) Quoted post


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          Shrewsbury 6%[/b][/quote]
          Can't believe this number is not higher. They are brutal on that stretch on Shrewsbury Ave between Big Bend and 44-EB. [/b][/quote]

          There's one there every time. 30 mph there is a farce - it's a 4 lane road.

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          • #6
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            Rock Hill at only 10%.......did officer Ziegler retire?[/b][/quote]

            that # is low..... he is still out there.

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            • #7
              Glen Echo?? 0%!!

              I didn't even know there was a muni of Glen Echo. Is it like two houses and a country club?

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              • #8
                QUOTE(Donuts_For_Koharski @ Nov 9 2005, 09:25 AM) Quoted post

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                Marlborough 28%
                St. George 28%[/b][/quote]
                Two of my personal favs

                [/b][/quote]

                I didn't think Marlborough still existed. I thought they got annexed or gobbled up by someone else. Or the County took over enforcement there?

                Moon

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                • #9
                  QUOTE(Donuts_For_Koharski @ Nov 9 2005, 10:25 AM) Quoted post

                  QUOTE
                  Marlborough 28%
                  St. George 28%[/b][/quote]
                  Two of my personal favs
                  [/b][/quote]

                  Yep.
                  Dude. Can. Fly.

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                  • #10
                    Calverton Park is f-ing brutal...I think my extended family may have the DWI record in their "village"... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
                    . . . and to tell you this: I work with gays, have friends who are gay, go to church with gays. Most of them are aware that I believe that homosexual behavior is sin. Some of them actually agree. Most don't. It's OK . . . because they also know or at least have been made aware of my multitude of sins: adulterous heart, lustful and covetous behavior, wicked pride, angry spirit . . . do I need to go on?
                    -mike
                    mike smith, post-dispatch online sports editor

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                    • #11
                      Marlborough - ugh.

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                      • #12
                        QUOTE(Moon Man @ Nov 9 2005, 09:34 AM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE(Donuts_For_Koharski @ Nov 9 2005, 09:25 AM) Quoted post

                        QUOTE
                        Marlborough 28%
                        St. George 28%[/b][/quote]
                        Two of my personal favs

                        [/b][/quote]

                        I didn't think Marlborough still existed. I thought they got annexed or gobbled up by someone else. Or the County took over enforcement there?

                        Moon
                        [/b][/quote]
                        County did take over enforcement there, but I guess when they write tickets Marlborough still gets the money.

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                        • #13
                          QUOTE(jusse @ Nov 9 2005, 10:30 AM) Quoted post

                          QUOTE
                          Rock Hill at only 10%.......did officer Ziegler retire?[/b][/quote]

                          that # is low..... he is still out there.
                          [/b][/quote]
                          My mother, who lives in Rock Hill, one time pulled over on the side of the road to administer CPR to an elderly neighbor who had collapsed in his front yard. Ziegler responded to the 911 call and was very grateful to my mother for helping the old man. He was so grateful, in fact, that he gave her a ticket for illegally parking her car.

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                          • #14
                            QUOTE(Hepatitis Dispenser @ Nov 9 2005, 09:40 AM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE(jusse @ Nov 9 2005, 10:30 AM) Quoted post

                            QUOTE
                            Rock Hill at only 10%.......did officer Ziegler retire?[/b][/quote]

                            that # is low..... he is still out there.
                            [/b][/quote]
                            My mother, who lives in Rock Hill, one time pulled over on the side of the road to administer CPR to an elderly neighbor who had collapsed in his front yard. Ziegler responded to the 911 call and was very grateful to my mother for helping the old man. He was so grateful, in fact, that he gave her a ticket for illegally parking her car.
                            [/b][/quote]

                            Well, I guess mom learned a lesson: let the old fucker die.

                            Moon

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                            • #15
                              QUOTE
                              My mother, who lives in Rock Hill, one time pulled over on the side of the road to administer CPR to an elderly neighbor who had collapsed in his front yard. Ziegler responded to the 911 call and was very grateful to my mother for helping the old man. He was so grateful, in fact, that he gave her a ticket for illegally parking her car[/b][/quote]

                              WOW... thats brutal.

                              I live there too and I can hear that "dukes of Hazzard" siren go off every 10 minutes either on Manchester or mcknight when he is on shift.

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