§ 2-42. Crime prevention fund  

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  • (a) Title. This section shall be known as the "Palm Beach County Crime Prevention Fund Ordinance."

    (b) Assessments imposed.

    (1) A crime prevention program fund shall be established as per F.S. § 775.083(2). In addition to any other fine, penalty, or cost imposed by F.S. § 775.083(1), or any other provision of law, the court may assess a fine upon any person who, with respect to a charge, indictment, or prosecution commenced in the county, pleads guilty or nolo contendere to, or is convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for, a felony, a misdemeanor, or a criminal traffic offense under state law, or a violation of any municipal or county ordinance if the violation constitutes a misdemeanor under state law.

    (2) The fine shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) for a felony and twenty dollars ($20.00) for any other offense. When the defendant enters the plea or is convicted or adjudicated, in a court in the county, the court may order the defendant to pay such fine if the court finds that the defendant has the ability to pay the fine and that the defendant would not be prevented thereby from being rehabilitated or making restitution.

    (3) The Clerk of the Court shall collect and deposit the assessments collected pursuant to this section in an appropriate designated county account established by the Clerk of the Court, which shall be a separate interest bearing trust fund for disbursement to the county as needed for the implementation and operation of crime prevention programs.

    (4) The Clerk of the Court shall withhold five (5) percent of the assessments each court collects pursuant to this section for the costs of administering the collection of assessments under this section.

    (5) The county shall account for the fines separately from other county funds, as crime prevention funds.

    (c) Use of funds. The county, in consultation with the Sheriff and the Criminal Justice Commission, must expend such fines exclusively for the costs of collecting the fines and for crime prevention programs in the county, including safe neighborhood programs under F.S. §§ 163.501—163.523.

(Ord. No. 01-030, §§ 1—4, 8-3-01; Ord. No. 01-099, § 1, 12-18-01)