Silva said allowances would have to be made for cases in which the alarm system is owned by a tenant rather than the property owner.
Council members said they also appreciated alarm companies' concerns about turning over proprietary information.
"Not many industries would be willing to hand over their client base," Budge said.
The council continued the matter to March 5, directing staff members to work with industry representatives to craft an ordinance that addresses their concerns as well as the city's financial issues.
As for Rancho Cordova residents and businesses that responded to the county notice requesting payment of a $45 permit renewal fee, Silva said refunds would be mailed in two to three weeks.
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