Mayor Jim Manilla says Morgantown needs more police officers and firefighters to deal with street fires and other incidents following West Virginia University sports events, and the students should help pay the cost of hiring them.
Manilla tells media outlets that he is considering asking the university to assess a $20 student impact fee for each WVU student each semester. The fee would generate about $1.2 million in revenue for the city annually.
"This is public safety," he said. "They (WVU) need to pay their fair share."
About 40 street and trash container fires were set Saturday night and Sunday morning following WVU's 48-45 win over Texas. Five people were charged with malicious burning, the Morgantown Fire Department said.