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AI- 3615   9.    
City Council Agenda
Meeting Date: 04/09/2013  
Subject:    Approve Amendments to Existing Puyallup Municipal Code 3.61
Presenter: Bryan Jeter
Department: Police Department  

Recommended Action
Second reading of an ordinance amending the recovery costs that can be collected under Puyallup Municipal Code 3.61.020, Emergency Response Caused by Person’s Intoxication – Recovery of Costs from Convicted Person.
The subject of emergency response cost recovery came before Council in early 2011. This program allows public agencies to recover the expenses of emergency responsees to incidents involving persons operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The collection of the expenses must supplement and not supplant other provisions of law relating to the recovery of those expenses.

The PMC and associated law provides for accountability by placing the cost of enforcement directly on the persons committing the crimes. The revenue collected under the program funds extra DUI emphasis patrols to ensure safer streets for the public.

Council passed the original ordinance on February 1, 2011. The amendment will refine the ordinance and allow for current and future changes in the allowable rate collection.
Previous Actions (Discussions/Presentations)
The original ordinance was approved by Council on February 1, 2011.

First reading of the amending ordinance was approved by Council on March 19, 2013.
Summary of Proposal
The existing Puyallup Municipal Code regarding recovery costs associated with emergency response caused by a person’s intoxication currently limits the recovery amount to $1,000. The pertinent state law (RCW 38.52.430) changed in 2012 to allow collection of up to $2,500 from a particular incident. The proposed amendment refines the language in the PMC to allow for the current and future changes to the collection rate by linking PMC to the state law.
The alternative would be to leave the existing PMC in place. This would limit the collection of expenditures incurred by the City on emergency response calls involving persons operating vehicles under the influence.

Fiscal Impact

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