On Tuesday, November 14th the Culver Town Council approved the second reading of an ordinance amendment pertaining to the golf cart registration fee.
The ordinance amendment increases the golf cart registration fee from $60 annually to $100. This year the town has registered 641 golf carts.
Last month the Culver Town Council conducted a public hearing on the ordinance with several speaking in opposition to the increase in the fee. When asked why they felt it was necessary to increase the registration fee, the council said with so many golf carts they need to increase police patrols to keep the town’s streets safe for all modes of transportation. It was stated that the number of calls about golf cart issues has increased. The additional fees will help the General Fund in providing additional police presence.
Several citizens said they felt like the town was punishing the wrong ones. They said maybe increasing the penalties for violators was a better idea than increasing the registration fee for those who follow the rules.
The Culver Town Council approved the ordinance amendment on the second reading with a 4 to 1 vote. Sally Riccardi voted against the increase. She was supportive of a small increase, like $10.
The Culver Town Council will consider the final reading of the ordinance amendment at their next meeting on November 28th.