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MOTION: COVINGTON November 1, 2005 <br />Regular Meeting <br />SECOND: BARG Ord. No.05-81 <br />RE: EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 27 — TAXI CABS <br />TO ALLOW FOR RATE INCREASE AND AUTHORIZE PUBLIC <br />HEARING FOR A PERMANENT RATE INCREASE <br />ACTION: APPROVED <br />WHEREAS, the rates for the transportation of passengers by taxicab is <br />established by Prince William County Code § 27-151; and <br />WHEREAS, as of January 2, 2003, the standard taxicab rate was set as follows: <br />"for the initial hiring or activation of the meter for service, and to include the first one-tenth <br />(1/10) of a mile or fraction thereof, the sum of three dollars ($3.00). For each additional one- <br />tenth (1/10) of a mile or fraction thereof, the sum of fifteen cents ($0.15)"; and <br />WHEREAS, on January 6, 2003, according to the Energy Information <br />Administration (EIA) at the federal Department of Energy, the average price of regular gasoline <br />on the East Coast was $1.48 per gallon; and <br />WHEREAS, by August 29, 2005, this average had risen to $2.63 per gallon; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, this severe increase was further exacerbated by the devastation <br />caused by Hurricane Katrina, which caused a dramatic increase in the price of gasoline; and <br />WHEREAS, by September 5, 2005, the average price had risen to $3.21 per <br />gallon; and <br />WHEREAS, on September 6, 2005, the Prince William Board of County <br />ituation existed for taxicab drivers in Prince <br />Supervisors recognized that an emergency s <br />William County and authorized an increase in the standard rate from $.15 per one-tenth (1/10) <br />of a mile to $.18 per one-tenth (1/10) of a mile; and <br />WHEREAS, on October 24, 2005, the average price was still $2.70 per gallon; <br />and <br />WHEREAS, in addition to the elevated cost of gasoline, the insurance rates <br />paid by taxicab operators had increased 150 percent over the past two years; and <br />WHEREAS, taxicab drivers will be unable to operate in the County if the fare <br />rate returns to $1.50 per mile, which would result in County citizens being deprived of this <br />service; and <br />