People who go to court in Charlottesville could soon pay an extra fee to modernize the city's courthouse. The $3 fee would get tacked on to all criminal and traffic cases and some civil suits.
The money would build up a fund for future renovations at Charlottesville's Circuit Court, which needs upgrades to separate areas where inmates and the general public currently mix. The courthouse is also not easily accessible for people with disabilities.
"We want to serve the public, and it's very hard for some members of our public to maneuver in our building. We just want to put this building into compliance so that not only is it user-friendly for our citizens but it's safety issues as well," said Llezelle Dugger, Charlottesville Circuit Court clerk.
Proposed renovations would also add a second courtroom.
Charlottesville City Council approved a first reading of the proposed fee, which would bring in about $24,000 a year, at its meeting Monday night.
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