BRIGHAM CITY — The fee police officers pay to drive their cars home at night will be going up.
Higher gasoline prices prompted the city council on Thursday to agree to a near-doubling of the commuting charge.
Officers who live more than 11 miles out will now pay from $30 to $90, depending on distance. Previously, the top monthly fee was $45.
Brigham City has 25 sworn officers, with 14 living outside the city, said Police Chief Paul Tittensor.
The city subsidizes the commute charge, paying for about a third of the commuting charge, with the officers responsible for two-thirds of the cost, he said.
The benefit to the city is increased emergency response.
“The police car is different than most city vehicles,” Tittensor told the council. “It’s a police officer’s office. Everything he needs is in that car, and when he gets in it, he’s ready to go to work.”