HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has vetoed an increase in towing fees recently adopted by the Hammond City Council.
In a letter to council members dated Sept. 4 and sent to The Times as a news release, McDermott said he based his veto decision on three factors.
“With the recent passage of the local income option tax which affects all Hammond wage earners, a 100 percent increase in administrative fees, at this time, is not warranted,” he wrote.
McDermott said a need hasn’t been established for the 100 percent increase in towing fees.
“The fund we are diverting this increased revenue into has plenty of money available currently, which begs the justification on why we are doubling these fees,” he said.
The third reason for his veto, McDermott said, is that the increased towing fees would go into a nonreverting account. Money cannot be taken out and used elsewhere once placed in this type of account.
“It has been the policy of this administration that increased fees should be diverted to the general fund to help defray the burden on our taxpayers,” the mayor said.
McDermott concluded his letter with a request.
“Please prudently evaluate this rationale upon your secondary consideration of this ordinance,” he wrote. “If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to call."