Fees help offset the cost of County services that are beyond the basic tax-supported services (e.g. law enforcement, health services, etc.) provided by many County departments.
Examples of services that have fees include animal adoption, pet microchipping, construction permits, rental of County facilities, and passes to recreational areas such as campgrounds and golf courses. County departments only charge fees where reasonable and after all cost-saving options have been explored.
Every year, the County publishes two fee schedules, each of which lists fees charged for certain County services. Schedule "A" goes into effect at the start of the calendar year and schedule "B" goes into effect at the start of each fiscal year. Combined, both schedules make up a complete list of County fees.
Every year, County departments are asked to conduct a thorough analysis and justification for the fees they charge and to update their fee schedules. This involves reviewing any changes to their own cost of providing services. They then work with the Auditor-Controller Treasurer-Tax Collector Public Administrator’s (Auditor’s) Office and the Administrative Office to determine that all laws, policies, and cost assumptions are correctly applied.
The Board of Supervisors reviews only proposed changes to the fee schedule each year and reviews all fees once every five years. The last five-year review of fees occurred on November 25, 2014 for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 fee cycle.
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