The city of Beaumont is proposing increases in residential and commercial security alarm fees and penalties, citing a high number of false alarms and the fact that Beaumont's current charges are less than those of other cities.
The city says there were 6,800 false alarms in 2011, or about 19 a day. To help lower those numbers and reach fees closer to those of other cities, the city council is proposing raising residential alarm registration fees from $15 to $35, and commercial registration from $15 to $50.
Also, increasing annual renewal fees for residents from $10 to $25...and to $50 for businesses.
The city is also proposing penalties for false alarms after 3, instead of the current 8.
Councilman W. L. Pate says there were far too many false alarms last year.
"We're taking police officers off the street, that are there to protect and serve, and if they're showing up somewhere for no reason at all, then we're not taking care of the other 120,000 citizens of Beaumont, Texas," he said Thursday afternoon.
The City Council is set to vote on the proposed changes at their meeting on October 30th.