I’m writing in response to Chris Ortiz’s story on the city
increasing the fine for a noise violation. First of all having
received two violations myself and had countless friends who have
also received violations, I think the law is 100 percent bunk.
Since the law is a subjective ruling on the part of the police
officer at the scene it becomes nothing more then the police’s word
against the offender’s word. In that situation who is the judge
going to side with? In my experience it is impossible to fight one
of these violations because every time the judge is going to side
with the police officer.
I think this law is simply a way for the city of Fort Collins to
tax students. How can the city justify this increase when the
number of noise complaints has gone down? I would like to know how
much revenue the city gets a year from noise violations and where
that money is going. If students are going to be unfairly taxed
then we should at least have a say in where the money goes.
Senior, computer science