The court notified the legislature of the issue in August, when it estimated that the decline in traffic tickets would shave about 3 percent off of expected revenues.
“We now believe, based on the numbers we’re seeing, that that decline will actually be 10 percent,” Hardesty said. “This is a serious problem.”
Indeed, the state has seen a decline of more than 21 percent in citations from 2010 to 2014, notes the Las Vegas Review Journal, which first reported on Hardesty’s testimony. The paper reports that a bill to fund the court’s $700,000 budget shortfall is likely to be introduced within days.
The irony of the fact that a court would rely on revenue drawn from residents breaking laws isn’t lost on Hardesty.
“The court encourages the commission of crime so that we have adequate money to operate,” he noted. “I submit that at some point , maybe the legislature should revisit the manner by which the court is funded and the entire show should be in the state general fund. Just a point.”