SULPHUR - The city is considering boosting the registration fees it charges sex offenders.
Councilman Stuart Moss said he will offer a proposal to increase the fee when the City Council meets in August.
According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sulphur has 74 registered sex offenders — one out of every 240 residents.
“I have a concern that every time I open the (newspaper), I see more and more pictures of these sexual offenders,” Moss said.
“Here we sit on a gold mine of parks and recreation and great schools. I just don’t think we are on an equal playing field when it comes to sexual offenders living in the city of Sulphur.”
Moss said Lake Charles’ action to raise its registration fee to $600 may convince sex offenders to “move somewhere where it’s a lot cheaper to register.”
- And once again we have another politician showing the purpose of the sex offender laws is punishment!
He said an increase in sex offender registries in Sulphur appeared to follow after Lake Charles raised its fees in 2011.
Moss said his proposal for Sulphur’s registration fee will not be less than the fee charged in Lake Charles.
His proposal will come before the council on Aug. 12.