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Taxpayers should keep paying the roughly $174,000 it costs a year for policing and clean-up in the downtown resulting from what city staff call "nightlife activity." (Of that, $125,000 is for policing and $49,000 is for city staff.)
Staff also suggest the city continue efforts to reduce the source of the problems. The staff report says the number of problems has shrunk in the last two years because most first-year students are underage, the university developed a code of conduct for students, bars are doing a better job of checking customers' ages and charging minimum drink prices, and police, bus and taxi services have improved.
Imposing penalties would have negative economic impact, the report says, and "a cost recovery program" (having bars pitch in) would bring bad publicity to downtown.
Staff say they'd look into ways of recovering the costs if instructed to do so, but warn it's hard to tell which bars and restaurants are contributing to the problem.