|Published:||Oct 29, 2010 4:32 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 29, 2010 1:32 AM EDT|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Ann Schulz is one of nearly 2,000 homeowners who live in the city that could soon have to register their home security system and pay an annual fee for the alarm.
"Being charged twice isn't a fair thing to do to the community", she said.
The proposal was made by the Punta Gorda police in response to a growing number of false alarms that the department says is costing them money.
Officers on average respond to 825 false alarms yearly. The number is roughly 5% of all emergency calls and its costs the department more than $20,000.
Schulz says the alarm companies should be on the hook for the money.
"They should pay a fee if there is too many false alarms because they charge us", she added.
The mandatory registration would include fees between $25 and $50 annually and the city stands to make up to $82,000 in new revenue and that does not include the savings for the police department.
"I understand that every body needs money in this day in age and I understand that this may make sense to the city to do to gain extra money, but I just don't think its fair to the homeowners", Schulz said.
Charlotte County already has a similar program including fines for false alarms.
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