Today we ran a story about the potential litigation fee Knox County Commission is expected to discuss later this month.
It’s an issue we’ve been tracking for some time, and has led to a few colorful comments
from at least one attorney in town who opposes the extra fee.
“I’m against the idea. I’m against the idea of allotting any air supply to the individuals who have the idea,” Mike Whalen said.
Turns out, the $5 fee would be tacked on to a bevy of courtroom costs that pay for the DA, clerk, jail and even school construction. Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond said that
the extra money would contribute to excess fees that he hopes to turn over to the county. So, we asked if there has been any excess fees in recent years his office has turned over to the county. This was his reply, today. In short, none have been given – except when outgoing clerk Joy McCrockey cleaned out the account. In Hammond’s words:
According the Chris Caldwell, no excess fees were turned over in Fiscal year 2011, 2012, or 2013. $600,000 was turned over in FY 2104. $600,000 was also turned over before she left office, but that money drained the clerk back account and was returned to me when I took off office September of 2014. So bottom line is in five years $600,000 was turned over.