South Bend considers penalizing people, businesses for excessive 911 calls

Council member says calls drain on resources

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - South Bend officials tired of repeated police runs to the same properties are considering imposing a nuisance fee on the owners.

Common Council member Tim Scott said he introduced the measure after police made 526 runs last year to an apartment complex on the city's east side.

The South Bend Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/X3bHb5 ) that those runs cost the department about $132,000.

Police leaders support the ordinance and said it's about ensuring resources are used fairly.

The ordinance would designate any property that has five or more valid police complaints or code violations during a 60-day period as a "problem property" for one year.

The property owner would have to pay a $250 fee for each subsequent complaint or violation during that period, but it would not penalize someone if there is a true emergency.

If the ordinance passes, it is expected to go into effect in May, ABC 57 in South Bend reported .

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