City May Owe The Schools Millions
If an appeals court ruling holds up the City of Wilmington will have to pay millions to New Hanover County Schools.
This can't be a surprise for Wilmington. After this measure passed the 2004 election it was talked about how the city's stop light camera program apeared to violate the amendment with something like 75 % (I'm guessing here) going to the administrators of the program.
Constitutional amendment to provide that the General Assembly may place the clear proceeds of civil penalties, civil forfeitures, and civil fines collected by a State agency in a State fund to be used exclusively for maintaining free public schools.This amendment applied to section 7 of Article IX of the North Carolina constitution. Which now reads as follows:
Sec. 7. County school fund; State fund for certain moneys.While the arguement was that the city not the state was levying the fines, in February 2005, a superior Court judge said that this amendment applied to money collected by High Point from it's red light carmera because it was collected for someone breaking the stat's penal laws. I voted against this amendment because I felt it was un-needed. Most of the money collected at the time was already going to the schools so why lock yourself into it with an amendment. I remember talking about this very subject on the Morning Line before the November general election and the possibility of Wilmington's camera system being affected. Of course because the amendment was "for the kids" it passed.
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