Tickets are going to cost more

Kansas City court costs for many tickets go up Monday, but officials say it is for a good cause.

The new funding, expected to be about $475,000 a year, goes to funding specialty mental health, drug and veterans courts.

Court costs for general ordinance violations and for moving traffic violations will increase $7 to a total of $41.50, court officials said in a press release.

The Missouri general assembly approved a law change allowing the increase this year and the city council recently passed it.

The specialty courts, which are also supported by grants, offer minor offenders services like drug treatment, job training and mental health treatment instead of jail and fines.

Ardie Bland, municipal court presiding judge, said that approach saves taxpayer money by reducing recidivism and costs for services like ambulances.

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