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MOTION: CADDIGAN September 6, 2005 <br />Regular Meeting <br />SECOND: BARG Ord. Nu. 05-58 <br />RE: EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 27, TAXICABS, <br />OF THE PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY CODE, TO PROVIDE FOR A <br />TEMPORARY SURCHARGE OR A MILEAGE RATE INCREASE DUE <br />TO DEVASTATING FFFF.CTS OF HURRICANE KATRINA <br />WHEREAS, Hurricane Katrina has devastated the Nation in a natural disaster <br />considered among the most severe in the history of this Nation; and <br />WHEREAS, among the vast and varied effects of this hurricane has been a <br />drastic and immediate increase in the cost of gasoline in the County; and <br />WHEREAS, gasoline prices in Prince William County have risen above three <br />dollars per gallon; and <br />WHEREAS, while all Prince William County citizens are impacted by the rise <br />in gasoline prices, among those most affected are the County's taxicab drivers; and <br />WHEREAS, the rates for the transportation of passengers by taxicab is <br />established by ordinance, specifically Prince William County Code § 27-151, which, among <br />other things, sets the baseline mileage rate for taxicab transportation at $1.50 per mile; and <br />WHEREAS, taxicah drivers will be unable to operate in the County with gas <br />prices at their current level if this rate remains at $1.50 per mile, which would result in County <br />citizens being deprived of this service; and <br />WHEREAS, the Board of County Supervisors finds that the interruption of <br />taxicab service would cause significant disruption to transportation of citizens of the County, <br />particularly for the elderly and economically disadvantaged who are without cars, which <br />disruption can only be averted if the Board immediately acts to increase the rate which can be <br />charged by taxicab drivers; and <br />WHEREAS, pursuant to § 15.2-1427(F) of the Code of Virginia, the Board of <br />County Supervisors may adopt emergency ordinances without prior notice, which can remain <br />in force for sixty days, during which time a duly -advertised public hearing may be held to <br />consider whether the ordinance should be adopted on a permanent basis; and <br />WHEREAS, the Board finds that an emergency exists and that this legislative <br />action is necessary at this time; <br />