The Logan Municipal Council will decide on July 7 whether Cache booting companies will be allowed to increase the fee they charge to remove vehicle immobilization devices from illegally parked cars. On Tuesday, Dennis Shaw of Cache Auto Booting Services spoke to the council, detailing how increases in the cost of him doing business have necessitated the need to charge more to cover his costs. He’s requesting a $5 increase in the amount his business can charge for boot removal, increasing the fee from $70 to $75. Shaw said that his business lost $70,000 last year, and a large part of that was from the fees that come with processing booting fee payments with credit and debit cards. Credit card companies like Visa charge a percentage fee on each transaction, which businesses like Shaw’s end up paying. Shaw’s claims that he lost $70,000 last year were met with some skepticism from members of the council, enough so that Logan Finance Director Rich Anderson became involved in the conversation. “I have a hard time buying that one,” Anderson said in response to Shaw’s statement that he operated so far in the red last year. Shaw retorted to the council, however, that he didn’t think a council exploration into how much money his business makes should be part of the decision making process. “To try and determine what my expenses are and to try and gain access to whether or not I’m making enough money or not shouldn’t be a part of the consideration,” Shaw told the council. “We have had additional costs imposed on us for which we cannot compensate.” The requirement to accept credit cards as payment was imposed on Cache booting companies during a revision to city ordinances about two years ago. The council did not take action on Shaw’s request Tuesday night, and will vote on the issue at their July 7 meeting.
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