Solano County

County does annual fee revisions

By From page A3 | May 07, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano County has fees by the hundreds and come July 1 some will rise, some will fall and most will remain the same.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday revised the fees that county departments charge to the public for services, as it does every year. The board since 1992 has had a policy of recovering 100 percent of costs when allowed by law, though it makes exceptions.

When all of the changes are in place, the county will bring in an additional estimated $108,000 from fees for the 2014-15 fiscal year beginning July 1, a county report said.

A new fee to the Sheriff’s Office is $148 daily for jail bed space.

Undersheriff Gary Elliott said after the meeting that Solano County has extra space in its jail. Meanwhile, some counties have overcrowded jails. Some counties, such as Sonoma and Napa counties, have approached Solano County about having inmates come here.

This new fee gives the county the ability to do this, if the county Board of Supervisors agrees to a particular proposal, Elliott said. But he stressed that the Sheriff’s Office won’t simply seek this extra revenue.

“The public safety of Solano County comes first,” Elliott said.

Supervisor Erin Hannigan noted that the fee people pay for flu vaccine is doubling. The county fee sheet shows various flu and influenza vaccine fees, with a few increases from $9 to $23.

“My concern is people won’t get the flu vaccine because of the cost,” Hannigan said.

Solano County Health Officer Bela Matyas said the county is part of statewide contract to obtain flu vaccine. But the county puts on free clinics and offers the vaccine at its own clinics on a sliding scale.

The hundreds of new fees take up dozens pages in the Board of Supervisors agenda packet.

Adoption fees for dogs will remain at $95 and for cats will remain at $80. The cat spay fee will rise from $45 to $67 and cat neuter fee from $25 to $32. The dog spay fee will change from a range of $85 to $125 to a fee of $106 and dog neuter fee from the range of $45 to $85, to $62.

The concealed weapon permit fee will rise from $101.70 to $103. The concealed weapon renewal fee will fall from $25.43 to $25.

Photocopies for county records at the County Administration Office will fall from 75 cents to 42 cents for the first page, but rise from 12 cents to 21 cents for each subsequent page. The monthly subscription rate for copies of the Board of Supervisors packet will remain at $60.

The building permit fee for new rural houses will rise from $1,146 to $1,248. The fee for new, rural commercial buildings will also rise from $1,146 to $1,248. The permit fee from a new, rural swimming pool will rise from $478 to $520. A variety of planning fees will remain the same.

The Board of Supervisors approved the fee revisions by a 4-0 vote. Supervisors Jim Spering, Skip Thomson, John Vasquez and Hannigan votes “yes.” Board Chairwoman Linda Seifert was absent. She is in Montgomery, Ala., this week, representing the county at the U.S. Air Force Air War College’s National Security Forum, which is hosting 110 civilians from around the nation.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • George Guynn, JrMay 07, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    This is just another example of out of control government. With highest unemployment in the Bay Area, Solano County fees should be going down, not up! BTW, there is a state law that fees are supposed to match expense for copy charges. $.42 a page for the first page appears to be an over charge to me! Be sure to vote out the incumbents this time in the up coming election!!!!!! For those that haven't time to do research, that is a big no to Spering and Vasquez!!!!!!

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  • HuckleberryMay 07, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    With thousands of dogs and cats euthanized each year and Solano County having a department that will take up to three months to get spay/neuter appointments, not to mention the thousands of animals killed each year and the cost of $190 per animal charged back to the cities they were picked up in, I find it disgusting that they are increasing spay and neuter costs. It should be free. Cut down on the salaries that everyone makes there which is $30 plus for the employed per hour not to mention the supervisor.

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