SCHERERVILLE | Town officials have different opinions of a proposed service charge and release fee that would be paid in addition to bond posted in misdemeanor arrests filed in Town Court.
A proposed ordinance, which would establish the $35 fee, received a 3-2 vote this week during its first reading. Councilmen Jerry Tippy and Hal Slager voted against it.
They are concerned the fee would not be reimbursed if a person is found not guilty.
Police Chief David Dowling said the fee, which was recommended by the Schererville Safety Board, wouldn't be reimbursed because the service already would have been rendered.
Dowling said some neighboring towns already issue the fee. Schererville's fee structure is in the "same ballpark" as those fees, he said.
Funds collected from the fee would go toward police equipment, Dowling said.
Town Manager Bob Volkmann suggested the money collected should go into Schererville's general fund.
The council could consider adopting the fee ordinance during its September meeting. Councilmen also could discuss an ordinance that would establish a fund for money collected from the fee.