Wichita council votes to waive $25 alarm fee for residents who don't have false alarms

Wichita residents or businesses who go a year without a false alarm on their security system will save $25 annually after the City Council agreed on a 5-0 vote today to change the ordinance to waive the fee.

Council members Paul Gray and Lavonta Williams were absent.

The city adopted an annual registration fee for security alarms earlier this year. The change will take effect after Sept. 1, 2011.

The waiver will apply to a renewal where the owner doesn't have a false alarm in the previous year. The annual period is based on the original registration date.

City staff recommended the change to "shift the administrative cost of implementing the false alarm ordinance to only alarm owners that generate costly false alarms," according to a city document.