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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