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MOTION• CADDIGAN December 20, 2005 <br />Regular Meeting <br />SECOND: COVINGTON Ord. No. 05-93 <br />RE: EMERGENCY ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 27 — TAXI CABS <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 of <br />a mile or fraction thereof, the sum of $3.00. For each additional one-tenth of a mile or fraction <br />thereof, sum of $0.15."; and <br />WHEREAS, on January 6, 2003, according to the Energy Information <br />Administration at the Federal Department of Energy, the average price of regular gasoline on <br />the East Coast was $1.48/gallon; and <br />WHEREAS, by August 29, 2003, the average had risen to $2.63/gallon; 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 — by <br />September 5, 2005, the average price had risen to$3.21/gallon; and <br />WHEREAS, on September 6, 2005, the Prince William Board of County <br />Supervisors recognized that an emergency situation existed for taxicab drivers in the County <br />and authorized an increase in the standard rate from $0.15 per one-tenth of a mile to $0.18 per <br />one-tenth of a mile; and <br />WHEREAS, on October 24, 2005, the average price was still $2.70/gallon; and <br />WHEREAS, in addition to the elevated cost of gasoline, the insurance rates <br />paid by the 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 returned to $1.50 per mile, which would result in County citizens being deprived of this <br />service; and <br />WHEREAS, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors recognizes that <br />the interruption of taxicab service would cause significant disruption to transportation of <br />citizens of the County, which can only be averted if the Board immediately acts to increase the <br />rate which can be charged by taxicab drivers; and <br />