- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Astoria City Council members say they were too worried about turning police officers into bounty hunters to approve boosting the department’s budget with fees on low-level crime.

The Daily Astorian reports (http://bit.ly/1cNmyhV) the idea failed at a meeting Monday when no council member moved to adopt the fees.

The plan would have raised $20,000 a year for training by adding $15 to the cost of traffic violations and code offenses and $50 to the cost of misdemeanor convictions.

Police Chief Brad Johnston said he’d be the first to call for repealing the fees if he thought officers were writing tickets and issuing citations just to increase the budget.

But council member Drew Herzig said even the appearance of a link between citation volume and the police budget was unacceptable.

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Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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