City of Reno adopts new Fee Schedule
Effective July 1, 2017, the City of Reno will implement a new Fee Schedule. As part of the 17/18 budget adoption, Council approved the City’s updated list of fees and charges for services, utilizing the results of a fee study conducted by Fiscal Choice Consulting. It was the first fee study done at the City of Reno since 2006.
Citizens will be impacted most by increased fees in the following areas: parking, police records and parks facilities rentals and recreation programs. Overall, there were minimal changes in fees as a result of the study due to the annual application of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to most fees. This has contributed to the City keeping up with market changes.
Charging full-cost recovery for hazard class will incentivize non-compliance, and the new amounts are more consistent with fee changes for similar services in the area. Public Works also reviewed parking fees. Increased parking meter fees from $1.00 per hour to $1.50 per hour is consistent with amounts charged in the region.
Due to the amount of time spent in providing the service in the various fee categories, charging full cost for providing each service is appropriate as those fees are now in alignment with the current market rate.
Parks, Recreation & Community Services
The current cost recovery rates were reviewed for each type of service offered and amounts were adjusted to maintain a similar recovery balance. In the case of recreation centers, increased fees to rent facilities better reflect the high costs to maintain facilities. There is some restructuring of fees within the categories, but most fee changes are minor in the areas of adaptive, aquatics, adult athletics, facility drop in use, urban forestry and park special event rentals. The majority of fees remain unchanged.
View the latest Parks, Recreation & Community Services brochure for more information.
Community Development - Building Permit Fund
The BEFAC recommends a three percent increase to be effective on January 1, 2018 for the valuation-based fees. This will allow staff and workload to stabilize over the next few months prior to considering further fee increases. During the next budget cycle, the BEFAC will review revenues and costs to determine if further fee increases would be recommended.
Flat fees were also reviewed in the Building Permit Fund, and many of these fees were left at the current rates. Though some fees are below cost, staff recommends the lower fee to encourage compliance. The City wants to encourage the application of permits for public safety by not charging a permit fee that is not relative to the job being permitted. Otherwise, the costs of enforcement and compliance would increase and public safety could be compromised.
Community Development - Planning and Engineering
Planning and engineering fees were largely left unchanged. Many fees in this category are based on averages due to the variation in cases. The complexity and time associated with each can be dramatically different.
One change that should be noted is the recommendation to split zone changes for amendments to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) or Specific Plan Zoning District (SPD) into four tiers. Existing PUD/SPD amendments will be $4,000; a new PUD less than 10 acres will be $6,000; a new PUD between 10 and 50 acres will be $10,000; and a PUD greater than 50 acres will be $15,000. Currently all zoning changes and amendments for a PUD and SPD are $6,000. This will more closely align the focus of staff efforts and will result in a more equitable fee.
Community Development – Business Licensing
A CPI increase of 1.9 percent was applied to fees that may be statutorily increased.
Many fees, including special event inspections, were adjusted to better align with the actual cost of providing the service (with the exception of those established by NRS), and changes are minimal overall. Other fees are remaining the same for consistency purposes.
To clarify, fees are generally not taxes. With few exceptions, they are purchases of service whose prices may not exceed the cost of performing the work. Paying the fee entitles one to receive the related service.