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City Council exempts group that hosts local toy drive from police escort fees

City Council exempts group that hosts local toy drive from police escort fees

YAKIMA, Wash. - Members of a local motorcycle club no longer have to pay a police escort fee to host their annual Christmas toy drives.

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In order to host their toy drives, a city law said they must have a police escort, which comes at a cost.

Members of the motorcycle club said the cost was implemented in 2014 and has increased over the years, which they say takes money away from the kids.

However, the group no longer has to pay that fee because city council voted five to two last night in favor of exempting the group from those fees.

City council said they will pull the money from their funds this year but the group will be added to the exemption list for years to come.

Ray Matthews is one of the toy organizers and he said he was prepared for the vote to go the other way, but is glad it didn't.

"City council stepped up to the plate and did the right thing and that's the main, important part," he said. "A five to two decision was really awesome."

The group hosts two toy drives around Christmas time, one November 4, and the other November 12.

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