Lafayette

Dec 15, 2011 8:18 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Lafayette Council to Vote on Bar Security Fee

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to stop collecting a fee charged to downtown bars to help pay for a special weekend police detail.

The possible repeal of the fee comes after several downtown bars have stopped paying it and are considering a possible court challenge.

The council imposed the fee in 2009 as overtime bills began climbing for a police detail that keeps check on the weekend bar crowds downtown - an effort to have bar owners share in the expense of policing the large crowds.

The fees are determined by a formula under which downtown bar owners collectively pay half of the $500,000 annual expense for the security detail.

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