Monday, June 18, 2007

Bill Would Recoup Losses on False Alarm Responses by Raising Alarm Permit Fees

I imagine those of us with security alarms have gotten off rather easily only paying $10.00 a year (residential). I also imagine that the costs of police response to false alarms is substantial, given the number of alarmed homes now.

Metro Council intends to change that by doubling both residential and commercial fees tomorrow night on third reading. While I wish that the residential raise would have been closer to $15.00, I'm not entirely opposed to this fee increase. Someone has to pay for false alarms, and going after the owners individually would probably involve a complaint and appeal process that would end up costing Metro even more, thus requiring even higher fees.

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