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Court reduces fees for alarm ordinance

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By The Staff

Members of the Oldham County Fiscal Court heard a first reading of an ordinance to rescind an ordinance passed in March that requires home and business owners to register their alarm systems with local police.

The new ordinance eliminates an annual charge – $20 for a residence, $40 for a business – associated with registering the alarm systems with local police. 

A permit is still required for alarm users and permits must be updated or renewed only if the property changes hands.

Fines associated with false alarms still stand.

Residents face a $75 fine after three false alarms within a year. Subsequent violations carry a $150 fine.

In addition to police, all emergency services in the county have been added to the ordinance – in terms of who is answering the false alarms.

Magistrate Bob Deibel said the ordinance provides contact information for emergency responders to reach property owners in the event of an alarm. 

“We just want to try and do away with the multitude of false alarms (the emergency services) get,” Deibel said.

A second reading will take place Tuesday.