Kane court fee hike plan moves on
The effort to obtain pay increases for assistant state’s attorneys and other Kane County judiciary employees has moved a step forward.
The county board’s finance committee this week encouraged elected officials to meet and discuss how they would spend between $400,000 and $1.1 million in increased revenue that would come from raising court fees. Chief Judge Keith Brown is looking to implement the increase soon to retain employees and pay for needed services.
“The longer you wait, the more of a problem you are going to have,” Brown said. “I would like to see this move forward as quickly as possible.”
Pending some additional details, members of the finance committee were hoping to have Brown’s proposal on the consent agenda for the September county board meeting.
Committee members want more information from Brown, State’s Attorney Joe McMahon and other officials regarding the plan to increase salaries and pay for added services.
The fee increase would make it more expensive to file several types of civil and family cases. They also would follow an increase in fees for speeding tickets and misdemeanors.
Brown made a presentation to the committee of the whole recently in which he advocated for these increases to bring assistant state’s attorneys’ salaries more in line with what neighboring counties pay.