How Did We Miss This? New Hope to Stiffen Fines

July 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm Leave a comment

We don’t how we missed another back door attempt by a city to raise “revenue.” New Hope has now jacked up fines for alcohol and tobacco violations. From the Sun Post;

New penalties for alcohol and tobacco compliance check violations were adopted April 23 by the New Hope City Council. The council first considered the changes Jan. 17 and conducted a public hearing March 12. At the hearing, a New Hope gas station owner said he believed a 30-day suspension, as proposed for a third violation, could put an establishment out of business.

However, a recent staff survey of fines for tobacco and alcohol compliance check failures in neighboring cities revealed that New Hope is on the lower end of the size of fines imposed on ordinance violators.

Well then you better catch up quick! You don’t want to be on low end of the fine list. You better catch up to Crystal.

Last week, the council agreed on the following:

– The penalty for a first violation will remain the same: a $250 fine and a three-day license suspension. The suspension can be avoided if the licensee elects to have identification procedure training from the Police Department.

– The fine for a second violation was increased from $500 to $750, and the license suspension was increased from five days to 15 days. But a licensee can avoid 10 days of the suspension by opting to go through training with the Police Department.

– A third violation will receive a $1,500 fine, instead of $1,000. The license suspension will be increased from 10 days to 30 days.

– A fourth violation will result in a license revocation.

The $100 cost for identification procedure training must be paid prior to the training, or the session will be cancelled and the license suspension will be imposed immediately. The new fine schedule will be used during mid-year compliance checks in May and June, according to City Manager Kirk McDonald.

“I hope we don’t collect a single penny,” Mayor Kathi Hemken said.

What about the “revenue” from these fines Madam Mayor? If you don’t collect a single penny, where are you going to cut? Of course, you could always just blame the state!


Entry filed under: City Government, New Hope.

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