$30 Alarm Permit Fee Takes Effect in Leander, Texas

LEANDER, Texas—In 1999, Leander police responded to 550 alarm calls, 99 percent of which were false. The excessive amount of false alarms has forced the city to enact an ordinance, requiring alarm owners to pay a $30 permit fee. Residents are allowed up to five free false alarms without penalty, but will be fined $25 for each false alarm they incur thereafter. Business owners are allowed two false alarms and then must pay $50 for each additional false alarm. City officials plan to include bill stuffers with the city’s utility bills to remind alarm owners to register their systems. The fees for false alarms in Leander will go toward reimbursing the police department for maintenance on alarm records and officers’ time spent responding to false alarm calls.

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