UPDATE: Loves Park Committee Approves Impound Fee Increase, Measure Goes to Council

By: Stephen Johnson, Faran Fronczak
By: Stephen Johnson, Faran Fronczak

UPDATE: LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- It could cost more to get your car back if it's towed in Loves Park.

A committee approved hiking impound fees $50 to $250. The measure goes to the full council next week.

Loves Park Mayor Daryl Lindberg tells 23 News he believes the fee increase will get city council approval next week.

Rockford aldermen recently decided to raise its impound fee to $500.

LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- Loves Park will meet tonight to discuss increasing their impound fees from $200 to $250. The proposal comes on the heels of Rockford’s decision to boost their fees. Rockford will now be charging $500 to cover the cost of towing.

Loves Park Mayor Daryl Lindberg says his city needs to do the same.

LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- Impounding vehicles doesn't come cheap for the City of Loves Park, and to help cover those costs, they're ready to hit illegal drivers with higher fees.

An impound fee increase to $250 is on the table for Loves Park's Finance Committee Tuesday night. Mayor Darryl Lindbergh says the police department requested the new amount for vehicles impounded for violations like DUI’s and driving with a suspended license.

The additional funds would cover administrative costs for the city. Residents say they don't mind the increase, as long as it enforces harsher penalties against illegal drivers.

"It's kind of a necessary evil. There are always fees that need to be increased. Especially if it's going towards a good cause like for the police department and all the people that get towed for illegitimate reasons. There needs to be a fee that pays for that”, says resident Eric Dyreson.

The proposed amount would only go towards the administrative fees. It doesn't include fees given to the towing companies for storage and towing costs.

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  • by Anonymous Location: machesney park on Jan 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM
    just another way to keep over priced cops and under funded pensions up to date..also..helps keep govt officials from losing there pensions also..don't believe me...check out the pension funding for loves park and surrounding area..they are broke so they give the officers the go-ahead to find easy pickings at the expense of the citizens they are sworn to protect...all they do is collect traffic revenue..worthless when it comes to actually solving real crime
  • by bruizer Location: rockford on Jan 3, 2012 at 03:29 PM
    in this tuff economy, the clear result is the cars are lost to the gov't. the leagalized car theft racket has worked so well in Cherry Valley, now winnebago county,rockford,and loves park want in on the booty! don't believe it? just go look at the huge lot full of impounded vehicles at the lot behind the auto auction on sandy hollow rd. GO LOOK! mostly impounds...AUDIT!
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      by law-abiding citizen on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:32 AM in reply to bruizer
      well if people followed the laws then they wouldnt have their vehicles impounded in the 1st place. Maybe they need to raise the impound fees even more then put the profits in the arresting agencies operating fund. If it cost tgese derelicts $1000 to get their vehicle back then maybe they would keep their vehicles legal
  • by Jason Location: Rockford on Jan 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM
    "The proposed amount would only go towards the administrative fees. It doesn't include fees given to the towing companies for storage and towing costs" So why not raise the fees high enough to actually cover ALL fee's associated with this? If you're towing illegal vehicles then either the owner comes and gets the vehicle out of impound after a set number of days OR the vehicle can be stripped for parts and the profits still go back to the city, and the owner is then assessed any extra processing fee's that occur as a result. This is for illegal issues anyhow so why should they get a break?
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