Caren Ray’s Viewpoint regarding fees (Sept. 29) contends those who use county services should pay fees to offset costs. Her comments need expansion. I’m sure the vast majority who do not pay county fees for service agreed with Ray wholeheartedly.
Even so, you’ve heard tons of complaints from business owners that big government oversight is killing us.
As a small-business owner, I dread each December’s flood of fee statements from the county.
And yes, Caren is correct: Each one is 4 to 5 percent higher than the year before. All due by Jan. 1.
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Among these fees, a small commercial kitchen costs us more than $500 in fees. As far as I can tell, this is for a single inspection during the year and associated paperwork.
Our situation hasn’t changed in years. Is $500 over the top?
Contrast my view to Caren’s. I believe most county fees far exceed the cost of service rendered. My suggestion is that the county takes a hard look at its organization and use of fee income, particularly redundancy in work and indirect costs.