Wednesday Lubbock City Council members proposed a change to an ordinance that's been in effect for a year now even though the numbers indicate the law was working.
At the start of 2002, the council required home owners to purchase a $50 permit after three false alarm calls. As a result, the number of calls has dropped by more than 6,000 from 2000 to the end of 2002, and that's what they wanted. But the way the current ordinance was written, it doesn't matter if you get three false alarms in one year or ten years, you still have to pay the permit fee.
So, Wednesday the council proposed a change that says you only have to pay if you get three false alarms in one year. The proposal will now go before the council at the January 23rd meeting.