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Paterson looks to generate almost $450,000 in revenue by hiking off-duty police administrative fee | Paterson Times

Paterson looks to generate almost $450,000 in revenue by hiking off-duty police administrative fee

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The city council gave preliminary approval on a measure to increase the off-duty police administrative fee by $5 to generate $441,130 in new revenue, according to municipal documents.

Under the revised ordinance the city will charge $15 per hour in administrative fee for off-duty police employment. Currently, the city charges a $10 per hour fee, according to the city ordinance.

The fees are paid by companies and organizations that utilize off-duty police officers. The city’s administrative fee, once given final passage, will be the highest of the state’s three largest cities, according to a review of ordinances in Newark and Jersey City.

Off-duty police administrative fee is $5 in Newark and $12 in Jersey City.

Alex Cruz, president of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA), union that represents police officers, did not respond to a call for comment for this story.

Council members gave preliminary approval to the fee increase last Tuesday night. Councilman Luis Velez wanted to increase the marked vehicle fee from $15 per hour to a much higher amount.

“At this time, if you go to get any rental car, you pay $21 an hour for a mid-size car,” said Velez. “Our vehicles cost a lot of money to taxpayers. $15 is not enough. It should be more.”

Newark and Jersey City charge $10 per hour for marked police vehicles.

Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres’ administration reckons the $5 increase in administrative fee will produce $441,130 in annual revenue, according to a revenue enhancement plan the administration submitted to the state last month.

Council members will hold a public hearing and take a final vote on the fee increasing measure on October 11th, 2016, said city officials.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

  • Plumber

    that's good, so the city can have enough money for the parades next year and the street name changes, why isn't this mayor in jail yet, what happened with the federal case involving the use of city employees making repairs on his properties, and so on, it's all hush hush not surprising

    • Yogi Zuna

      What other city in America with only about 160,000 people cares about having all these parades? Maybe if it was 1.6 million people it would make some sense.

      • Dominick Perez

        They have to pander. Meanwhile there's almost a shooting a day.

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