Fines and Fees in Operating Budget (Baltimore City Police Department)

Emma Best filed this request with the Baltimore Police Department of Baltimore, MD.
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From: Michael Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

* A copy of any official calculations of revenue coming from court fees and fines between FY 11 and FY 15, or calendar year 2010 and calendar 2014 if your government operates on a calendar year budget cycle.

* Accounts Receivable databases that cover fines and fees paid for government services by individuals, rather than businesses. This would include Revenue Journals that cover such payments, as well as other financial statements that cover income from fees and fines.

* Any logs of appeals of fines that is kept by this agency, including, if the log has it, outcome of the appeal, payments made, and other fields that are present in such a log.

*A copy of contracts with any vendors that help manage the assignment, collection, or management of fees and citation information. This would include contracts with vendors that provide parking ticket software, for example, as well as court fees.

*The record layout for any databases that are used to track the assignment, collection, or management of fees, fines and citations. This would just be a copy of the header columns in these databases, and not the information in the databases.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Best

From: DCU


December 7, 2015

Via E-Mail

Michael Best
DEPT MR 22658
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Best,

You have made a request for public records pursuant to the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA), which is the General Provisions Article, § 4-101, et seq., of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The BPD has several custodians of the records. You have requested court fees from fines between FY 2011 and FY 2015. You have also asked for contracts, database information and administrative processing. The Baltimore Police Department does not administer fines in the Baltimore City Courts. Any fines levied in criminal cases by either the Baltimore City District Courts or Circuit Courts would be received by the Maryland State Government. You may wish to petition the:

Maryland State Treasurer’s Office:

Bernadette Benik,

Chief Deputy Treasurer

80 Calvert Street

Annapolis, MD 21401


For any fines in civil citations cases the Baltimore City, Department of Finance would be the administrator. You may want to petition:

Baltimore City, Department of Finance

Norma Holland 100 N. Holliday Street, Rm 454

Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 396-4940<>



Wayne Brooks

Assistant to Legal Affairs

Baltimore City Police Department<>

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