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Westlake's sex offender fee ordinance to take effect in January

Last Modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 12:24 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

The Westlake City Council is one of several local government entities to recently raise fees for residents who are registered sex offenders.

In March, councilwoman Lori Manuel introduced an ordinance raising the sex offender registration fee to $400 for initial registration in Westlake — a 567 percent increase from the original $60 fee.

It will apply to newly convicted sex offenders and sex offenders who move to Westlake. There will be a $100 renewal fee each year.

The council unanimously adopted the ordinance in April. On the advice of the city’s legal counsel, the ordinance will not take effect until January.

Lake Charles, Sulphur and Allen Parish have taken similar measures.

Manuel said the ordinance was passed to be more consistent with the other communities in the area.

“It shows the citizens of Westlake we are being proactive to protect our citizens,” she said.

The money collected will go into the city’s operating budget.

A person who fails to register will be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 for a first violation and up to $3,000 for each subsequent violation.

An offender who registers but fails to pay the annual fee will be fined $500.

Posted By: CajunTex On: 10/13/2013

Title: I can't believe it.

I grew up in the Lake Charles area and can't believe the crime stats when I occasionally look at the AP. Christ must be coming soon and the rapture even sooner.

Posted By: Charles On: 10/12/2013

Title: Where Will This Person Find Work?

Is this how cities in La. pad their operating budget? Very few employers will hire sex offenders. Most of these fees will never be collected. However is sounds great.

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