Since its founding 30 years ago, the Institute for Justice has fought to defend the rights of property owners. As local governments are faced with budget shortfalls, they are turning to excessive fines and fees code violations to bridge the gap in their budget deficits. Instead of protecting the lives and rights of their residents, these municipalities and counties are using their residents to make up for shortfalls in their budget and revenue.
The Institute for Justice does not believe that the municipalities’ budget shortfalls should be remedied on the back of their property owners.
In 2020, the Institute for Justice published Municipal Fines and Fees: A 50-State Survey of State Laws, which is the first comprehensive accounting of state laws relating to municipal fines and fees and highlights the nationwide issue of fines and fees abuse and Cities and towns using their power to enforce traffic, property code and other ordinances to raise revenue rather than solely to protect the public.
Since starting to fight the abuse of fines and fees, IJ has launched 13 cases in 11 states.
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