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477A.0121 County criminal justice aid.

Subdivision 1. Purpose. County criminal justice aid is intended to reduce the reliance of county criminal justice and corrections programs and associated costs on local property taxes.

County criminal justice aids must be used to pay expenses associated with criminal justice activities including law enforcement, criminal adjudication, and corrections.

Subd. 2. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) "population" means the population according to the most recent federal census, or according to the state demographer's most recent estimate if it has been issued subsequent to the most recent federal census; and

(2) "Part I crimes" means the total number of Part I crimes reported for each county by the department of public safety for the most recent year available. By July 1 of each year the commissioner of public safety shall certify to the commissioner of revenue the number of Part I crimes reported for each county.

Subd. 3. Formula. Each calendar year, the commissioner of revenue shall distribute county criminal justice aid to each county in an amount determined according to the following formula:

(1) one-half shall be distributed to each county in the same proportion that the county's population is to the population of all counties in the state; and

(2) one-half shall be distributed to each county in the same proportion that the county's Part I crimes are to the total Part I crimes for all counties in the state.

Subd. 4. Public defender costs. Each calendar year, 1.5 percent of the total appropriation for this section shall be retained by the commissioner of revenue to make reimbursements to the commissioner of finance for payments made under section 611.27. The reimbursements shall be to defray the additional costs associated with court-ordered counsel under section 611.27. Any retained amounts not used for reimbursement in a year shall be included in the next distribution of county criminal justice aid that is certified to the county auditors for the purpose of property tax reduction for the next taxes payable year.

Subd. 5. Payment dates. The aid amounts for each calendar year shall be paid as provided in section 477A.015.

Subd. 6. Report. By March 15 of each year following the year in which criminal justice aids are received, each county must file a report with the commissioner of revenue describing how criminal justice aids were spent, and demonstrating that they were used for criminal justice purposes.

HIST: 1992 c 511 art 1 s 14; 1994 c 416 art 1 s 58; 1995 c 264 art 8 s 14; 1996 c 471 art 3 s 45

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