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Sheriff: Part-time employees, volunteers generate $5 million for county

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Sheriff Leon Lott stands in front of some of the employees and volunteers of the Richland County Handicap Parking Patrol. Sheriff Leon Lott stands in front of some of the employees and volunteers of the Richland County Handicap Parking Patrol.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is crediting a unit that it staffed by part-time employees and volunteers with generating almost $5 million in revenue for the county over the last ten years.

Lott made that announcement Thursday afternoon standing in front of the very people who staff his innovative Handicap Parking Patrol.

The program, which has three part-time employees and 25 volunteers, has identified 4,200 handicap parking violators and almost 35,000 expired tags in the last decade.

That adds up to $47,779 in handicap parking fines and $4,895,158 in revenue. In addition to the county's financial gain, Lott says the number of handicap violators has decreased.

As the handicap parking program became affective in dealing with its intended issue, the sheriff saw a need to expand their responsibilities. In 2004, he charged the patrol with identifying those who failed to register tags and pay property taxes on their vehicles.   

If you're interested in volunteering for the patrol, call Sergeant Berry Brown at 803-576-3183.

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