Grab an Extra 39-cents If You Club in San Jose

Nightclub owners in downtown San Jose are facing the prospect of paying new fees to cover part of the cost of having extra officers patrol the area.

San Jose officials say the proposed fees on 26 clubs would run from nearly $3,000 a year for one of the smaller clubs in the downtown area, to nearly $83,000 for one of the larger nightclubs.

The break down means another 39-cents per person.

City officials say the city spends far more to have officers patrol the area than the establishments produce in sales-tax revenues.

Club owners are opposing the proposed fees.  They say there is too big an assumption that the bars will have a certain number of patrons a night and that it puts a big charge on certain bars and no fees on others.

The San Jose City Council is set to consider the issue Tuesday.

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