Some county fees decreasing

The Anoka County Board has approved a series of fees for services – and some of them are going down.

The board, on the recommendations from committees of jurisdiction, have public hearings and approve fees for service twice a year – in June and December.

The fees proposed have to reflect the actual cost to provide the service, Budget Director Patti Hetrick told the county board prior to the public hearing June 26, at which no one appeared.

“Some of them are going down,” she said.

For example, effective July 1, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office has reduced the cost of gun permit applications and renewals.

A new gun permit application drops from $100 to $75, while a permit renewal is now $50 instead of $75 and a renewal after 30 days declines from $85 to $65.

As a result of the board action, the GIS unit in the public services division has put in place lower charges for providing color maps to other government agencies and the public and changed the fee structure for mounting maps.

While the medical examiner’s office has increased its charge for a homicide autopsy from $2,000 to $2,500, it has removed the fee for additional autopsy services for HIV and AIDS, which was $2,000.

Effective Jan. 2, 2013, the Anoka County Parks Department will be increasing fees for camping in county parks, including rustic sites and campground sites by $1 each, camper cabins by $5 and camper reservation fee by $2.

The information systems department has received approval to put in place new connectivity fees for government agencies in the county to connect to the new countywide fiber optic broadband system that is currently under construction.

The board voted unanimously to approve the new fees without discussion. Commissioners Jim Kordiak and Carol LeDoux were absent.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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