Money collected from fines don’t pay for staff salaries and operations of a state agency, says a spokesman about assertions by State Senator Doug LaMalfa that Sacramento is hunting for revenue.
LaMalfa, who represents the 4th district including Nevada, Placer, Yuba and Sutter counties, says a state regional water quality listed a Slurpee lid discarded in a river as warranting a $10,000 fine for a Northern California road project.
George Kostyrko spokesman for the water quality boards, says no $10,000 fine was assessed for the lid and that the litter was only included on a list of problems with the project. Moreover, Kostyrko says fines don’t fund salaries or operations.
He adds that an audit of regional water board, which LaMalfa has won approval for, is welcomed.