SIKESTON -- Convictions in Sikeston will be a bit more costly now.
A bill establishing a $2 surcharge on all municipal ordinance convictions to defray costs of the Department of Public Safety's electronic fingerprinting system and prisoner housing was approved by the Council during their regular meeting Monday.
Linda Lowes, director of governmental services, said the surcharge is expected to generate about $4,000 each year based on the city's current average caseload of approximately 2,000 paid convictions per year.
The current maintenance contract on DPS's Livescan fingerprint equipment is $2,500 per year, according to Lowes.
As Sikeston only has a 24-hour holding facility, the cost to house city prisoners in other facilities is costing about $15,000 per year. Of that, $9,886 is typically offset by the collection of court-ordered payment of jail costs with the remainder being paid by Sikeston's taxpayers.