[Adopted by Ord. No. 8-1997 (Ch. 1.08 of the 1996 Municipal Code)]
[Amended by Ord. No. 17-2002]
Penalties for violations of municipal ordinances. For a violation of any provision of this Code or any other ordinance of the City where no specific penalty is provided regarding the section violated, the court, upon conviction, may impose one or more of the following: imprisonment in the county jail or any place provided by the City for the detention of prisoners for any term not exceeding 90 days; or by a fine not less than $100 or more than $2,000; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.
[Amended 6-14-2011 by Ord. No. 05-2011]
Repeat offender. Any person who is convicted of violating an ordinance within one year of the date of a previous violation of the same ordinance, and who was fined for the previous violation, shall be sentenced by the court to an additional fine as a repeat offender. The additional fine imposed by the court upon a person for a repeated offense shall not be less than the minimum or exceed the maximum fine fixed for violation of the ordinance, but shall be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the violation of the ordinance.
Except as otherwise provided, each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this Code or any other ordinance of the City exists shall constitute a separate violation.
[Amended by Ord. No. 17-2002]
The maximum penalty stated herein is not intended to state an appropriate penalty for each and every violation. Any lesser penalty, including the minimal penalty, may be appropriate for a particular case or violation, in the discretion of the appropriate court.
Any person convicted of a violation of any ordinance may, in the discretion of the court by which he was convicted, and in default of the payment of any fine imposed therefor, be imprisoned in the county jail or a place of detention provided by the City for any term not exceeding 90 days or be required to perform community service for a period not exceeding 90 days.
In case of the amendment of any chapter of this Code containing provisions for which a penalty is provided by such chapter, the penalty so provided shall be held to relate to amendments and additions to the chapter and amendments to the sections contained therein, whether reenacted in the amendatory ordinances or not, unless such penalty is specifically repealed or amended therein.
[Added 3-1-2011 by Ord. No. 02-2011]
The Burlington Municipal Code shall be amended to allow for the following violations to be paid through the Violations Bureau without the necessity of a court appearance. In the event that any such summons is issued by City of Burlington Police Department, City of Burlington Code Enforcement, or any other official of the City of Burlington, absent any specific indication that a court appearance is required, no appearance shall be required and the person committing the violation shall be permitted to pay the following violations through the City of Burlington Municipal Court Violations Bureau in the amount set forth as follows:
Nothing herein shall prohibit any of the within summonses as issued to require a court appearance. In such a case, the appropriate issuing department, agency or official shall indicated the same via notice on the summons itself, indicating "Court appearance required."
Nothing herein shall be construed so as to prevent someone from pleading not guilty, requesting a court appearance, trial or otherwise appearing before the Municipal Court Judge. In such an event, the attached schedule of fines payable through the Violations Bureau of the City of Burlington Municipal Court shall not be construed as limiting amounts imposed by the Municipal Court Judge. All such fines imposed by the Court shall be in accordance with the minimums and maximums as set forth in the ordinances.