Councilman To Introduce Ordinance on Restitution

2/5/09

During the last council meeting, Councilman Langoendorfer brought up an interesting conversation on restitution. Apparently there was an incident where damage was done to city property and the amount recovered from the individual that caused the damage failed to cover actual damages, leaving the city (taxpayer) with thousands in out-of-pocket expenses.

A quick paced conversation followed, where all the councilmen opined (myself included) as to the merit of formulating such an ordinance that would require restitution to be adequate to cover damages. The council voted unanimously to support Councilman Langendoerfer’s motion and the City Attorney will begin drafting the appropriate language for a new ordinance as soon as possible.

The balancing act will be making sure a judge still has the latitude to use as much discretion as possible in resolving such cases.

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