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Illegal Dumping May Cost More in College Park

At tomorrow’s meeting, the City Council will discuss and possibly introduce ordinance 19-O-07 amending City Code, to increase the fine for the initial and each subsequent violation of illegal dumping to $1,000.

Currently, the fines for the initial violation is $50, the subsequent violation in 6 months is $100. State law allows the City to increase its fines to a maximum $1,000 per violation.

State law allows the City to increase its fines to a maximum $1,000 per violation. In order to create a greater disincentive to littering, staff recommends that the Council considers increasing the fine for the initial and each subsequent violation to the maximum allowed of $1,000 per occurrence.

Once and if fine amounts are increased, staff anticipates posting signage such as “No Dumping, Maximum
Penalty $1,000 Fine” and “Warning, This Property is Under Video Surveillance. No Dumping. Violators Will
Be Prosecuted” in areas prone to illegal dumping along with necessary surveillance equipment.
If introduced, the public hearing for Ordinance 19-O-07 could be scheduled for March 26, 2019. After
further review of Chapter 132, additions to this draft Ordinance may be provided to Mayor and Council at the
beginning of next week for their consideration.

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