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City will call you a wrecker, for a higher price

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Assistant city manager Wes Smith Assistant city manager Wes Smith
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

You might soon be paying more to have your vehicle towed in the city of Albany, if you don't call the wrecker service yourself.

Albany City Commissioners have given approval to charge wrecker companies $20 every time the city dispatches them to pick up wrecked or disabled vehicles.

City officials say this is necessary because dispatchers spend a lot of time calling wrecker companies, which costs the city money.  

Assistant city manager Wes Smith admits some companies could pass this cost onto their customers.   "They are regulated by the public service commission and have a very set rate, if they are under the max, will they pass it along, probably, but again that's part of why we tried to keep the fee low. It's just to cut our costs and we were doing it for free, and its costing money for us to do it, and we don't think its appropriate,"  said Smith.     

Albany's 911 center handle approximately four-thousand tow calls a year.  The fee could generate as much as $80,000 for the city's general fund and will go into effect sometime in July.

 

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