Police to start charging for fix-it sign-offs

Costa Mesa police will begin charging non-residents to sign off on fix-it tickets later this month, Police Department officials announced Thursday.

Starting Sept. 27, anyone who isn't a resident and asks to get a fix-it ticket signed off will have to pay $10. The fee offsets the costs of approving the service, department officials said.

The policy change stems from City Council action in July. Costa Mesa signed off on anyone's fix-it ticket for free before, but after comparing the rates with neighboring cities — most of which charge fees to non-residents and some to city residents — the council opted to start charging people who don't live in Costa Mesa.

— Joseph Serna

Twitter: @josephserna

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