Mark R. Madler
Higher fees for towed vehicles and medical care at the animal shelter
were among the proposals made by the Burbank Police Department for
the new city budget.
While the Police Department's total budget has gone up $2 million
from last year, the increased towing fees are expected to bring in
about $10,000 more per year, and the vaccinations for dog and cats
will bring in $32,000 more per year, Police Chief Thomas Hoefel said.
The department's current budget is $32.9 million. The proposed
2005-06 fiscal year budget is $34.9 million, with a bulk of the
increase going to salaries and benefits, he said.
The department is recommending raising the vehicle impound release
fee from $40 to $60 for cars and from $50 to $60 for commercial
There is also a proposal for a new $25 administrative fee for
handicap parking citations. That fee would be collected regardless of
whether the $335 fine is imposed, Hoefel said.
That new fee seemed reasonable to Councilman Todd Campbell.
"It serves as a reminder that it's important to put your placard
up," Campbell said.
The other proposed fee increases are for operations at the Burbank
Boarding a runaway animal until picked up by its owner will
increase from $7 to $10. New vaccination fees for dogs and cats will
range from $6 to $10, a cost that will be partially repaid through
adoption costs of the animals.
"The cost we are charging is still significantly less that what
you get at the vet," Hoefel said.
Mayor Jef Vander Borght raised the issue of whether the animal
shelter should remain under the Police Department, given staffing
issues the department has been facing.
The department has 18 unfilled and frozen police officer positions
and expects at least two more by the end of the year.
He and city staff members have recently met with representatives
of the animal shelters in Glendale and Pasadena to brainstorm about
better ways to streamline their operations.
Presentations by Burbank Water & Power and the Burbank Fire
Department were put off until May 24.
Other departments giving presentations Tuesday were the city
manager's office, the City Council office, Management Services and
The city manager's office's proposed budget includes $40,000 for
the Charter review committee, a group made up of residents to review
city functions and organization.
The council is expected to approve the budget by the end of June.