TAMPA, Fla. – The Hillsborough County Commission has voted to increase the traffic ticket surcharge by $10.

The surcharge will go from $20 to $30, which is the most allowed by Florida state law.

The county commission estimates the $10 increase could bring in an additional $1 million to $1.5 million per year. This additional revenue will be used to renovate county courthouses. The projects range from interior space renovations to electrical systems, elevators and roofing.

Currently, the surcharge is being used to pay back a nearly $20 million bond taken out to fund facility improvements. Of each $30 surcharge, $20 will continue to be used to pay back the bond.

The surcharge could apply to numerous traffic violations including speeding, failure to possess vehicle registration and expired license. It will even be applied to criminal violations including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

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