After 3 false alarms, F’ville will take offender to court

Tue, 08/04/2009 - 4:14pm
By: Ben Nelms

The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday will take up the issue of a proposed false alarm ordinance that is intended to reduce police costs and maximize personnel resources, according to a letter from Chief Steve Heaton. Data compiled over a three-month period by the Fayette County 911 Center showed that 81 percent of alarm calls were false alarms, Heaton said.

The ordinance proposes that the alarm holder be issued a citation after the fourth false alarm call, with the amount of the fine to be determined by municipal court.

The council also is expected to vote on an amendment to the Occupational Tax Ordinance that would lower the fine imposed when the business tax is not paid. The current fine for failure to pay is $1,000. The change, which mirrors the recent move by the state of Georgia, would set the fine at $500.

Occupational taxes are due on January 1 each year and are considered delinquent if not paid by April 1.

Fayetteville is also set to receive an award Thursday from the Simply Southern Tourism Association. A member of the association, Fayetteville has been selected as the “Tourism Friendly City of the Year.”

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