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Placer Considers Cost Recovery Ordinance

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 5, 2010
A proposed ordinance would allow the county to recover costs from the insurance policies of non-resident drivers. The County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on the idea Tuesday.

Supervisor Jim Holmes says the fee for an average accident would be about 500-dollars.  
“You know, you’ve got a fire truck out there, you’ve got at least two maybe sometimes three firemen on scene directing traffic, doing first-responder until ambulances get there. And then any hazardous spills, they’re taking care of that.”

Right now, the Placer County’s fire department gets a portion of property tax revenues to cover costs. But ever since the economic recession, those revenues have been going down.
Holmes says the county could recover an estimated $120,000 a year if the ordinance is approved.
Similar cost-recovery ordinances already exist in the Placer County cities of Roseville and Colfax. And Rocklin city officials are also considering a similar plan.
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