AUSTIN EDITION Impounded cars will cost owners

Owners of cars impounded by police, might soon have to pay for it.

A motion to charge an administrative fee of $100 plus a $10 daily fee was approved during an Austin City Council work session Tuesday.

According to Austin Police Chief Paul Philipp, the department is dealing with a growing number of cars impounded for alcohol and drug violations.

"These vehicles create significant administrative work to impound, process and eventually sell," Philipp said in a memo.

The $10 daily storage fee will cover insurance costs.

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