CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday moved ahead with a range of fee hikes for public services, from pet registration to building permits, to help generate more revenue for the beleaguered General Fund.
Among the changes are $10 boosts in dog licensing fees, roughly doubling the current $707 application fee for going through the design review process for single-family projects and raising the fees associated with police responses to repeated false alarms.
City officials recommended the fee increases to better recapture the cost of providing various city services based on the results of a study prepared by consulting firm Wildan Financial Services.
“What we’re trying to do is make sure they’re current,” Finance Director Bob Elliot said Tuesday.
City Council members have worked for weeks to fill a projected $18 million budget shortfall in the city’s General Fund, which pays for basic public services like parks and police services, by the beginning of the fiscal year in July.