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Did You Know Santee City Fees Were Recently Raised?

If you use city sports fields, open a business, need a permit or copies from City Hall, you pay city fees.

Everything from getting a business license to installing solar panels on your rooftop comes with a fee paid to cover the city's expenses, and those fees were recently raised.

Last summer the Santee City Council authorized an overhaul on the entirity of city fees, which went into affect in August. The updated fees are expected to raise an extra $471,690 annually for the city's general fund.

Many fees had been in effect since the early 1980s and had not been adjusted since. According to the city, the fee increases were necessary in order to combat the loss of city income due to property tax decreases and loss of redevelopment funds.

The bulk of the fee increases come from the planning and engineering department ($260,000), followed by fire ($82,000) and community service ($57,000).

Not all fees were raised, some were adjusted down to reflect actual costs to the city. For example, a residential re-roof went from $483 to $114.

Attached to this post you will find a PDF with a schedule of all Santee city fees.

Earlene February 06, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Does anything ever go down? One really needs a gold mine to live nowddays and life becomes especially difficult on those individuals who are on fixed incomes with no help in sight! .........Sad and very, very discouraging.
mike February 23, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Not my wife, OH! ZING!

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