Chapter 3.24


3.24.010  Short title.

3.24.020  Assessment fee established.

3.24.030  Fee not a tax.

3.24.010 Short title.

This chapter shall be known as the "police officer training fee ordinance." (Ord. 2864 § 2, 2002)

3.24.020 Assessment fee established.

(1)  Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, whenever the St. Helens municipal court imposes a fine, orders a default or orders a bail forfeiture as penalty for violation of a city ordinance provision, including Oregon Statutes adopted by reference, concerning a criminal action as defined in ORS 131.005, a police officer training fee in addition to such fine, default, or bail forfeiture shall be collected and credited to the city general fund, for the benefit of police department training and training-related expenses. The fee schedule shall be established by resolution of the city council and may be revised by resolution of the council at any time.

(2)  If the municipal court determines that the person issued the citation did not commit the offense or has established an affirmative defense, or the charge is dismissed for whatever reason, no fee shall be imposed. No fee shall be imposed if no fine or other assessment is imposed for the offense. The fee does not apply to citations for violation of parking limitations established by city ordinance, resolution or order.

(3)  The amount of the fee shall be added to any bail amount for those who do not contest the citation and shall be included as part of the judgment for all those who contest the citation and are determined to have committed the offense. When any deposition of bail is made for an offense to which this section applies, the person making such deposit shall also deposit a sufficient amount to include the fee prescribed pursuant to this chapter.

(4)  If bail is forfeited or applied, the fee prescribed pursuant to this section shall be deducted. If bail is returned, the fee paid shall also be returned, less normal administrative charges per state statute.

(5)  Proceeds from payment of the fee shall be used for police department training and training-related expenses as well as courtroom security measures, including but not limited to secure transportation, video security and bailiff services. (Ord. 2929 § 1, 2004; Ord. 2864 § 3, 2002)

3.24.030 Fee not a tax.

The city council determines that the police officer training fee imposed by this chapter is not a tax subject to the property tax limitations of Article XI, Section 11(b) of the Oregon Constitution. (Ord. 2864 § 4, 2002)