JEFFERSON: County fees could increase dramatically under proposal

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PORT TOWNSEND — User fees in Jefferson County would jump dramatically if they were set according to the actual cost of providing permits or doing inspections.

County commissioners Monday reviewed potential fees estimated by the Community Development Department and the Health Department.

Many fees would increase 50 percent to 70 percent, especially if administrative overhead were factored into the amount.

County Administrator Charles Saddler asked commissioners to consider whether they favored 100 percent fee-for-service funding or some other combination of fees and General Fund subsidies.

That policy decision won’t be made quickly, but Saddler said he needed direction as the budget cycle approaches this fall.

The full report appears in today’s Jefferson County edition of the Peninsula Daily News, on sale throughout the county. Or click onto “Subscribe” at left to purchase a copy via U.S. mail.

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