Monday, February 27, 2006

Tucson City Council Ponders Payday Loan Ordinance; Stores Would Be Spread Out

By Desmond Carlisle
Payday Loan Writer

New Payday Loan Restrictions in Arizona...Payday loan companies may be limited by new restrictions Tuesday as the Tucson, Az., City Council deliberates their fate, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The council is considering limiting the areas where payday advance stores can open up by requiring a quarter-mile of separation between each site and a buffer of 500 feet between the sites and certain neighborhoods.

Karen Masbruch, the Assistant City Manager, said the ordinance is on the table in an effort to ensure that payday cash loan agencies are not clustered in certain areas of the city. There are currently more than 60 payday cash advance businesses within Tucson city limits, largely concentrated on the South and West sides. Groups of the stores can be found along South Sixth Avenue and Ajo Way, along North Oracle and Grant Road and at East 22nd Street and South Craycroft Road, near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

Council members want to protect residents from what they believe are exploitative cash loan lending practices that charge high interest rates and assess stiff fees and penalties to clients who cannot pay. Because the restrictions will effectually limit the facilities' competition, the payday industry has not mounted a legal challenge to the proposed ordinance.

The council's recommended change is based upon others implemented in Pima County recently. Last year South Tucson became the first local jurisdiction in Pima County to pass payday loan restrictions. Phoenix has mounted a similar effort. While the many Arizona payday loan companies will continue operating in the state through at least 2010, minor restrictions imposed by local governments are becoming par for the course.

One Response to “Tucson City Council Ponders Payday Loan Ordinance; Stores Would Be Spread Out”

  1. Payday Loan Times » Blog Archive » Arizona Finalizes Deal to Re-Locate Payday Loan Companies Says:

    […] After pondering the issue of whether or not to require a quarter-mile between payday loan stores in the state, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to limit where these institutions can do business. […]

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