Spring Lake Park adds new fees, increases others

The new Spring Lake Park fees have been set.

The Spring Lake Park City Council unanimously approved the 2013 fee schedule, which includes seven increased and new fees.

Added to the fees this year is a new administrative application fee of $50, said Code Enforcement Official Barry Brainard.

This fee will cover any miscellaneous applications not already covered by the fee schedule, he said.

The other addition in 2013 is a food sales and service application fee of $100, which will go to covering staff time and licensing procedures related to the application, Brainard said.

With numerous vacant and abandoned homes on the market, realtors are calling to have the utilities reconnected for inspections and wanting them turned off again, said Terry Randall, public works director.

Sometimes it happens four times a month, he said.

To help pay for staff time, the city will be increasing the connection and reconnection fees to $100 an hour, which is an increase from $75.

After hours connections will cost $150, and increase of $25.

The certificate of occupancy fee will be increasing from $120 to $150 for residential properties and $140 to $200 for commercial/industrial businesses.

There are extensive administrative hours involved with locating and informing the banks/owners of the requirement and compliance, Brainard said.

For people looking to demolish a residential property, it will now cost $100 for the demolition fee, a $25 increase.

Given the staff time to prepare and certify the tax roll, the city will be charging $100 for the administrative tax roll fee. It will be twice the amount charged in 2012.

Lawns out of control and out of compliance with city code? It will cost more to have the city correct the problem in 2013.

The city mowing fee will be $50, a $10 increase.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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