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File #: 11-0540    Version: Name: 5/16/11 Resolution Approving Taximeter Rates Increase
Type: Resolution/Public Hearing Status: Passed
File created: 5/16/2011 In control: City Council
On agenda: 5/16/2011 Final action: 5/16/2011
Enactment date: 5/16/2011 Enactment #: R-11-185
Title: Resolution Approving an Increase in the Standard Taximeter Rates for the City of Ann Arbor
Sponsors: Stephen Kunselman
Resolution Approving an Increase in the Standard Taximeter Rates for the City of Ann Arbor
On April 28, 2011, a regularly scheduled Taxicab Board meeting was held. A meeting notice was posted and all taxicab companies were notified. Six taxicab companies were present.

The Taxicab Board received a request from several taxicab companies to increase taxicab fares to cover the increased cost of fuel. All companies present supported an increase in rates. The Board listened to comments and ideas on how to best deal with higher costs and the increased volatility of gas prices.

The existing rate structure was approved by Council May 19, 2008. Since that time, gas prices have risen over $4.00 per gallon and are expected to continue to rise, resulting in an increased cost to do business. Given the volatility in gas prices and the length of time it takes for rates changes to be discussed and approved through the Taxicab Board and City Council, the Board opted to recommend a significant rate increase with the understanding that the ordinance describes this as a maximum rate for which companies can charge. If and when fuel prices are lower they may differentiate themselves by charging a lower rate.

With this in mind, the Board voted unanimously to recommend to council an increase of $0.25/mile (from $2.25 to $2.50/mile). The Board indicated with this increase, it did not anticipate considering another rate change until the gas prices were over $5.00 for at least two consecutive months.

The current and proposed rate increase is shown as follows:

Service Current Proposed

Flag Drop $3.00 $3.00

Mileage $2.25 $2.50
($0.25 per 1/9 mile) ($0.25 per 1/10 mile)

Waiting Time $24.00 per hour $24.00 per hour

It is also recommended that this increase go into effect upon Council’s approval and that all rate cards reflect the new standard taximeter rates.
Prepared by: Sarah Singleton, Taxicab Board Secretary
Approved by: Tom Cr...

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