Charlotte County looks to increase the cost of fines for code enforcement.
Charlotte County says the way the system is now, when somebody appeals a citation, it ends up causing the county money, to fix this they want to quadruple fines.
Right now, a first time offense is only $25, and if you fight it, it goes to county court, and those hearings becomes time consuming and ends up costing more than the fine itself.
This sometimes causes code violations to rarely be enforced.
For this reason, officials now want to send these cases to a special magistrate and more than double the fines.
A first offense would then be $100, and a second violation will jump to $250, any after that would be a $500 fine.