Fines and Fees in Operating Budget (Charleston Police Department)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Charleston Police Department of Charleston, SC.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, 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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: Francis, Charles

I will submit your request to be processed.

From: Beck, Aimee

Good Morning,

The City of Charleston has a couple of follow up questions in regards to your request regarding records of court fees and fines. Please see below the follow up questions:

In regards to the second bullet: Accounts Receivable Databases that cover fines and fees paid for government services by individuals, rather than business. Are you requesting a balance of accounts receivable or the actual names of the individuals that owe court fines?

In regards to the logs of appeals, Do you want to know how many cases were appealed? And if so, for what time frame?

In regards to the fifth question for a record layout, What information are you specifically asking for?

Please provide a response in order for us to answer your question in the best possible manner we can.

If you have any questions, regarding our questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

Aimee N. Beck│Paralegal
City of Charleston│Legal Department
50 Broad Street│Charleston, SC 29401
T: (843) 724-3730│F: 843-724-3706│becka@charleston-sc.gov│ www.charleston-sc.gov<http://www.charleston-sc.gov/>
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From: Beck, Aimee

Good Afternoon,

I just wanted to follow up in regards to our follow up questions. Please respond and we will get the City responses to you as soon as possible. Thank you.

Aimee N. Beck│Paralegal
City of Charleston│Legal Department
50 Broad Street│Charleston, SC 29401
T: (843) 724-3730│F: 843-724-3706│becka@charleston-sc.gov│ www.charleston-sc.gov<http://www.charleston-sc.gov/>
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From: Beck, Aimee

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to follow up again, since our office has not heard back from you in regards to the answers to our follow up questions. Please respond to the below follow up questions that the City has in regards to your FOIA request. Thank you.

Aimee N. Beck│Paralegal
City of Charleston│Legal Department
50 Broad Street│Charleston, SC 29401
T: (843) 724-3730│F: 843-724-3706│becka@charleston-sc.gov│ www.charleston-sc.gov<http://www.charleston-sc.gov/>
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From: Michael Morisy

In regards to the second bullet, names are not necessary, just the balance of accounts receivable. Any personally identifying information can be redacted.
In regards to the log of appeals, would a limit of January 1st 2010 significantly restrict the scope of the request?
In regards to the last question, we just want a map to the database, a skeleton of the records that are available.
Thank you for your time!

From: Herdina, Susan

Good morning,

You forwarded a string of emails and a FOIA request from 2015 to Aimee Beck. Aimee is currently out of the office and will be returning next Monday. Would you please advise what information you are now requesting?

Thank you,
Susan Herdina

Susan Herdina
Assistant Corporation Counsel
City of Charleston Legal Department
50 Broad Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401

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