Syracuse approves new fee structure

Friday , February 15, 2013 - 12:39 AM

Staff And Correspondents

SYRACUSE -- City officials have approved a new series of fees related to police services for a special private event.

A new fee structure approved by the city council recently includes raising the cost of police services for a private event to $55 per hour, plus a $20 event fee. The hourly cost is intended to offset the cost of the officer’s wages and benefits and use of equipment, according to Police Chief Garret Atkin. Atkin noted that at times the SPD is called to watch an intersection during a race or to provide a police presence at Walmart on Black Friday. The fee sets the costs for that service.

“We’re not using taxpayer dollars to fund a private event,” Atkin said of the new fees.

Other new fees approved in the outline include dropping the cost of fingerprinting from $50 to $10.

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