By Jim Bloch
The city of Marysville is increasing the fees it charges for 13 of roughly 260 city services.
The city council unanimously adopted the new fee schedule at its regular meeting, Nov. 25.
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“This is a housekeeping matter that we take care of each year during the last meeting of November,” said City Manager Randy Fernandez, discussing a handful of fees for largely administrative services that will jump as of Dec. 1, 2019. “All we try to do is break even.”
The fees are effective through Nov. 30, 2020.
Fingerprints in ink increase in price from $10 to $15 for the first card; electronic fingerprinting, a price established by the state of Michigan, jumps from $10 to $15.
The fee to split a lot increases from $50 to $100; ditto for a lot combination.
A check that is returned for non-sufficient funds increases from $25 to $32, a jump established by the bank.
Obtaining an accident report from the police department increases from zero to $10.
Reservations for residents at the renovated community center increase from $40 to $50 per hour, with a two-hour minimum. For non-residents, the fee remains $100 per hour.
The cost of a tax abatement application increases from $500 to $750.
The price of obtaining a copy of the city tax roll leaps from zero to $500.
The cost of replacing a water meter goes from zero to $100.
If you receive Advanced Life Support 2 during a Marysville EMS run, your tab will increase from $866 to $900; your charge for mileage increases from $13 to $15 per mile.
Fernandez used the price hike to rent the community center as an example of the considerations behind the price hikes generally.
“The community center is very popular,” he said. The facility is regularly rented for reunions, birthday parties, wedding receptions and graduation parties.
The increase was recommended by recreation coordinator Stefanie Schneider to help cover the cost of set up and take down.
“Is a $10 increase enough?” asked council member Dan Shirkey.
“I think it should be higher, too,” said Fernandez. “I have helped clean that building myself and it sometimes takes more than two hours.”
But Fernandez said that he is not a micro-manager and Schneider’s recommendation will stand.
Shirkey asked about the cost of getting a copy of the tax roll jumping from zero to $500.
New finance director Mike Booth, the former city superintendent of St. Clair, pointed this out to assessor Ann Ratliff, said Fernandez. Who wants the rolls? Businesses and solicitors who want to pinpoint potential customers.
Last year, the city increased the fees on nine services.
There are still bargains tucked away on the fee schedule. A license to sell fruit and vegetables at the farmer’s market is $5 a day, $30 for the season. For residents, a season pass to use the boat ramp is free. Obtaining a copy of a parcel record is one dollar. The entry fee for residents and nonresidents at Marysville Park is zero. And getting a photocopy of a city record of one to three pages is free.