Audit: Town must pay the state
WASHINGTON, La.- An audit suggests the town of Washington owes state government $222,130 from speeding tickets issued by police officers on Interstate 49.
State law requires fines collected by local law enforcement from motorists exceeding the speed limit by less than 10 miles per hour on an interstate highway to be turned over to the state Treasury. The law applies only to local governments without a home rule charter.
Washington Mayor Joseph Pitre says if his town has to remit speeding ticket revenues to the state, he wants other St. Landry Parish governmental agencies that profited from them to give back their revenues, too.
The audit found Washington should have sent to the state treasury $220,130 in fines collected between Aug. 15, 2009, and June 30, 2010.