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Roseville Repeals Controversial Fee

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, February 17, 2011

That's the fee some 60 California cities now charge drivers involved in accidents requiring a fire department response.

Roseville was one of the first Sacramento-area cities to impose the fee.

But during last night's city council meeting, Mayor Carol Garcia said it was a mistake.

"I regret that we did this. It's just sent a negative message over the last 18 months to not only our residents but our non-residents that Roseville is not a business-friendly city and I'm quite frankly sorry that we put it in place."

Roseville City Manager Ray Kerridge says the tax was an experiment that wasn't working out. It didn't bring in as much revenue as the city hoped.

Last month, the Sacramento city council joined Roseville in approving a fee for drivers who live outside city limits. Since then, critics have called for a boycott of Sacramento businesses.

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