In a case in which Michael Crowell served as lead counsel for the plaintiff school boards, the North Carolina Supreme Court has decided that the public schools are entitled to a variety of administratiave fines collected by state agencies. Included are penalties assessed for late and insufficient payments of taxes; fines for vehicles exceeding weight limits; parking fines collected by university campuses; and penalties associated with the state drug tax. It is anticipated that the schools may receive as much as $65 million a year from these sources. The Supreme Court decision is the culmination of a lawsuit that began in 1988 on behalf of the North Carolina School Boards Association and the school boards for Buncombe, Durham, Edgecombe, Johnson, Lenoir and Wake counties.
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