Chapter 3.74


3.74.010    Created.

3.74.020    Authorization for cost recovery program.

3.74.030    Use of funds.

3.74.040    Motor vehicle collision damage reimbursement.

3.74.010 Created.

There is created a special revenue fund to be known as the “emergency response cost recovery fund,” into which shall be placed all emergency response costs recovered pursuant to this chapter and RCW 38.52.430. (Ord. 822 § 1, 1999).

3.74.020 Authorization for cost recovery program.

The various departments of the city, including the police and fire departments, are authorized to implement an emergency response cost recovery program in accordance with RCW 38.52.430. The chief of police or his or her designee shall coordinate all cost recovery efforts for a particular incident, and shall be authorized to develop such policies and procedures as are deemed appropriate for the implementation of such program. (Ord. 822 § 2, 1999).

3.74.030 Use of funds.

All recovered emergency response costs retained in the emergency response cost recovery fund shall be utilized for emergency response activities. (Ord. 822 § 3, 1999).

3.74.040 Motor vehicle collision damage reimbursement.

The city may seek reimbursement from the responsible party for all direct costs associated with repair of damages to city property, including real property, fixtures such as traffic control devices, vehicles, equipment, and landscaping and watering and drainage systems used to maintain the property, which are caused by motor vehicle collisions. In the event that several or all of the parties involved are determined to be at-fault, the involved parties may be jointly and severally liable for reimbursement. The city may pursue cost recovery from insurance coverage, court-ordered restitution, direct billing, and collections actions. For purposes of this section, “responsible party” means any individual or legal entity who caused the motor vehicle collision through negligence or wrongful acts, including but not limited to moving violations and driving under the influence. (Ord. 1637 § 1, 2020).