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Do homework on proposed city tow fee

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

As a response to an earlier letter in reference to Morrison’s proposed administrative tow fee, I believe that, in general, it is a very unjust fee.

As a result of earlier researching of this ordinance, I find that it originally was designed for police departments that had their own or contracted vehicle towing and storage.

The monies charged in those ordinances were to be used by the department for other designated uses but also to cover towing and storage fees of an impounded vehicle. 

The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, for instance, chose to apply a $350 fee, even though they do not provide their own tow and storage service.

Thus, a vehicle owner received a double charge, as he now also owes the towing service for its fees that include storage, plus the amount of the administrative fee.

That fee is to be applied as a result of a driver being arrested for certain charges.

Problem is, the presumption of innocence takes a back seat, because the car owner owes this whether guilty or not.

Prior to this ordinance coming to light, the owner/driver of a police-authorized tow was always responsible for the towing and any storage.

My advice to the city of Morrison: Do your homework. There has got to be other ways to generate money. It does not make for good relations with the innocent taxpayers.

 

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