Council says NO to booting fee increase

Booting companies will not be getting a rate hike this year. After a public hearing last night where no one appeared to speak for or against the proposed fee hike, the Logan Municipal Council voted four to one Tuesday night not to grant an increase. Dennis Shaw, of Cache Booting Services, requested that the fee be raised from $70 to $75, which he says is the amount the state has set for the cap. Council Chairwoman Laraine Swenson cast the only vote in favor of the hike. The newest councilmember, Dean Quayle, said the timing wasn’t right for fee increase.”This isn’t the time to raise fees,” Quayle said. “We all have to tighten our belts and do what we need to do to live in the current economy. And I think that’s appropriate for this situation also.”The latest increase was two years ago and Shaw noted that there was no rate increase for eight years prior to that. Councilmember Jay Monson also spoke out against the fee increase before his negative vote. “I feel strongly that the students that came last time, and they didn’t come tonight because they did have a chance to speak last time, are really saying that it’s very high compared to the rest of the state of Utah,” Monson said. “It’s already high so I think it’s high enough.”Shaw was not happy with the vote. Councilmembers, however, did support an allowance for more signs.

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