Syracuse City Council: Security Firms Responsible for Annual Burglar Alarm Fee

Rather than charging property owners with a $30 annual fee for burglar alarms, the city of Syracuse will charge alarm companies to make it easier for the city to collect fines.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The city council here has approved an ordinance that will charge intrusion alarm owners residents an annual fee of $30, which is expected to bring in $360,000 per year in revenue.

The new ordinance makes alarm companies responsible for paying the fee instead of the property owner. Alarm companies can then pass on the cost to customers however they see fit, reports.

Failure to pay the fee can result in a penalty of $500 per violation against the alarm firm

The city initially passed the $30 annual fee requirement in 1995; however the amendment makes it easier for the city to collect fines, Beth Rougeux, director of administration told

Supporters of the measure believe it would be too burdensome and costly for the city to track each false alarm and charge fines only against responsible parties.

Opponents, on the other hand, have said that the measure will not limit the number of false alarms that police respond to each year.

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