Cost Accounting in Local Government

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Next Steps After a Fee Update

What should a City do after completing a Fee Study and before the next Fee Study

Are Credit Card Processing Fees for You?

For many years the credit card industry vigorously fought against any effort to charge a processing fee to use a credit card.  Credit card companies fought the same battles against processing fees charged by government as they did against private businesses.  But as more and more government agencies started accepting credit cards for payment for […]

What is required to set fees?

It is generally understood that you need a resolution at a public hearing to set fees.  But is that correct?  It turns out that is not entirely true. For development-related fees, Government Code Section 66016 and following sections make it clear that you do need a public hearing.  In addition, this code section has the […]

Charging a Utility Encroachment Permit

Every so often I’ll hear about Edison or the Gas Company telling a City that they cannot be charged an encroachment permit to plan check and inspect a street cut under the franchise agreement.  They will then hope that you blink and reduce or eliminate the fee. But recently, I was told that they cited […]

Giving Proper Respect to Proposition 4

Proposition 4 in California in 1979

Stormwater Management Fees

Stormwater Management Fees under Proposition 218

Use EIFDs to Improve your Infrastructure

Use Enhance Infrastructure Financing Districts to improve your infrastructure

Supporting Your Interfund Transfers

Living within the Terms of Proposition 218

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