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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 17

Meeting Date: May 8, 2001

Subject/Title: Consideration of a Resolution amending Resolution No. 2198 revising the City's Service Fee for processing Livescan fingerprints

Submitted by: Larry J. Shaw, Chief of Police

Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager


RECOMMENDATION 

Approve the proposed Resolution amending Resolution No. 2198 revising the City's Service Fee to increase the processing fee for Livescan applicant fingerprint services by an additional $5.

PREVIOUS ACTION

On November 14, 2000, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2198, approving certain City fees.

BACKGROUND

About 18 months ago the Brentwood Police Department received a Livescan fingerprinting device. The Livescan device electronically records fingerprints and then transmits that information via telephone lines to the State. The Livescan machine was received by way of State funding and costs the City of Brentwood nothing except for the electronic hookup. The price of the machine was about $54,000.

Besides being much more convenient that the old method of ink fingerprints, the Livescan machine provided a quicker turnaround for fingerprint checks both for applicant use and for criminal investigations.

When Resolution No. 2198 was established, the consultant captured the fee amount by assessing the employee and overhead cost to the City of Brentwood, but did not capture the replacement and maintenance cost for the machine as that was being provided through State funding.

Two issues have emerged that prompts this request. The first is the State has informed us that eventually all fingerprints must be submitted to the Department of Justice Livescan machines. The second, and the one that has the most impact upon the Police Department, is recent State laws require many more fingerprints be taken and cleared for a host of jobs throughout the community. By example, people involved with student sports activities, Little League, soccer leagues and such, daycare workers, school teachers and many others must be fingerprinted before they can be employed. This has impacted maintenance and expected life of the Livescan machine.

The County board that oversees the Livescan machines throughout the County has determined a $5 increase in applicant fees would sufficiently offset the maintenance and ultimate replacement for the Livescan machines. This $5 fee will be passed on directly to the applicant and dedicated solely to the maintenance and replacement fund. The City of Brentwood will realize no extra income from this $5 increase.

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING RESOLUTION NO. 2198, INCREASING THE PROCESSING FEE FOR LIVESCAN APPLICANT FINGERPRINT SERVICES BY AN ADDITIONAL $5. 


WHEREAS, on November 14, 2000 the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2198 to establish processing fees; and

WHEREAS, this Resolution was available for public inspection and review for ten days prior to this public hearing; and

WHEREAS, the Public Hearing has been noticed and held in accordance with Government Code Section 66018; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has considered the information provided to it by those testifying, and has reviewed and considered the information provided in the staff report and staff presentation and has considered any other testimony and/or data offered. 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

Section 1. Findings:

The Council makes each of the following findings:

A. The purpose of the maintenance and replacement fee is to support those City services which are undertaken as a direct result of members of the public using the services of the City, in particular Livescan fingerprinting service.

B. After considering all information received at this public hearing, the Council approves the new fee listed below, and incorporates them herein.

C. The new fee is charged for the actual cost.

Section 2. New Fee:

The fee and provisions adopted in Resolution No. 2198 are hereby revised only to the following extent:

Livescan applicant fingerprints $24.00 each

Section 3. Effective Date:

The fees contained herein shall be effective immediately after the adoption of this Resolution.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the May 8, 2001 by the following vote:

AYES: 
NOES: 
ABSENT

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