Council May Consider Recovery Fee for Repeated Police Response to Some Properties
Prince George, B.C.- The City of Prince George already charges a fee police respond to a security alarm and it turns out to be a false alarm. The property owner can expect to pay $100. At least one City Councillor wonders if the City should also start charging property owners where police have been called on numerous occasions.The idea of charging problem property owners a recovery fee for police services rose during yesterday’s discussion on the fate of the business license for the Connaught Motor Inn.
RCMP Superintendent Warren Brown noted the Connaught has been the site for more than 600 calls for service over the past couple of years, and according to Supt. Brown, that’s only 10-25% of the time officers were at that site as they often have to go there for proactive work.
Those repeated visits mean officers who could be doing something else, are being tied up over and over again at one particular location.
Protective services eat up nearly 34% of the tax dollars collected by the City every year, and the budget for 2016 saw a boost in policing costs in order to provide a couple more “boots on the ground” for the Prince George RCMP.
Councillor Brian Skakun suggests he would be willing to make a notice of motion calling on his Council Colleagues to have Council look at instituting a recovery fee that would be levied against owners of such problem properties, just as property owners have to pay a recovery fee when police waste their time attending a false alarm.