- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

WELSH, La. (AP) - Court costs in the town of Welsh are going up.

The Town Council unanimously Tuesday approved a measure allowing the town to raise court costs by $20 for offenses such as traffic violations. Half of the money raised will go to the parish’s Indigent Defender Board, with the rest going into the town’s general fund.

Town attorney Rick Arceneaux says under the ordinance court costs increase from $30 to $50.

The American Press (https://bit.ly/2cd5OTO ) reports the increase will go into effect this fall and stay on the books until Aug. 1, 2020, with an option to extend at the end of the four years.

Officials say the increase will help address funding problems for public defenders offices, which are funded from state dollars and local court fees.

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