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Fines, fees on the rise
by Gary Kent
Oct 20, 2012 | 1613 views | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — Dealing with the City of Beeville could become more expensive after the City Council holds a public hearing on Oct. 23 to hear comment on two lists of proposed fee and fine increases.

The hearing is scheduled for the council’s meeting Tuesday. The session begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Although most of the proposed fee increases could be considered nominal, others would be significant.

The annual fee for having an eight-liner machine in one of the game rooms within the city limits would go from $100 to $500, according to the proposals.

City Manager Deborah Ballí said that game rooms which are late in paying that annual fee will be levied a 20 percent penalty for each day the payment is not made.

The council also will be asked to consider initiating fees for fire code reviews and inspections on new construction projects. Those fees will be determined by the project’s construction cost.

The top fee for a project’s review would be $750 for a facility with a construction cost of more than $500,000 and $500 for a project costing between $250,000 and $500,000. Projects with a construction cost of less than $250,000 would be charged $300.

The proposed fees for fire inspections would range from $450 to $900, also depending on the cost of the project.

The council will consider charging fees for notices of nuisance ordinance violations, including high weeds, abandoned vehicles and debris removal on properties within the city.

The fee schedule the council will have shows no current fee for those notices. But the city staff is recommending a $250 fee for notices issued to residential property owners and $500 for owners of commercial property.

The staff is recommending increases in other nuisance fees but the largest increase recommended would be only $25.

Those fees would include the removal of the nuisances and the use of city equipment to accomplish the job.

The staff also is proposing fees for the rental of Little League and sports complexes at city parks. Youth athletic organizations and tax exempt organizations would be exempt from the fees.

Other organizations would have to pay a $500 damage deposit, a $1,000 rental fee for lights and the use of concession stands, up to a 12-week season, or a $150-a-day rental fee for the lights and concession stand use, if approved.

Council members also will be asked to consider doubling the $1 admission to the Bernardo Sandoval Sr. Municipal Swimming Pool to $2 a day.

That recommendation could be challenged by council members because they have historically been opposed to raising the entry fee at the pool.

Additional proposals call for raising the cost of a two-hour pool party from $65 to $100 and for a four-hour pool party from $120 to $200.

The council also will be asked to consider increases in fees charged for the installation of certain water and sewer meters and connections.

A complete list of all the proposed fee increases is available at the Bee-Picayune’s web site at mySouTex.com.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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hcman
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October 21, 2012
So first we had a fire marshal that made businesses mad over a $75 fee, and now we're allowing an outside company come in and charge $300 - $750?? How does this make sense? But that won't make the newsprint...