HEALTH DEPARTMENT: UPDATE FEE STRUCTURE

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT: UPDATE FEE STRUCTURE

 

Problem Identification:
Fees charged for inspections, permits, licenses issued by the Environmental Health Division do not undergo normal review to ensure that they remain current.

Recommended Action:
Regularly revise the Department’s outdated fee structure.

Classification:
Revenue Enhancement

Functional/Operational Area:
Environmental Health

Estimated Annual Impact:
$450,000

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
Changes in the Department’s fee structure require approval from the City Council.

Projected Implementation:
Ongoing

Next Steps:
Pursue the necessary administrative and legislative steps to implement a revised fee structure.

Analysis:
The Department’s Environmental Health Division is responsible for preventing environmental conditions that foster the growth and spread of disease. To fulfill this function, the Department conducts inspections of establishments that serve food, day and foster care providers, hospitals, and schools. Additionally, the Division has enforcement responsibilities related to lead paint and animal licensing.

All fees charged by the Department should be reviewed on an annual basis and adjusted as necessary. Some of the Department’s current fees have not been adjusted in over nine years. It should be noted that the Department recently received approval from City Council to adjust its fee structure. It is projected that the adjustment should result in a $450,000 annual increase in the level of fees collected. This projected positive financial impact, furthermore, should be reinforced by Recommendations 7-D and 7-E.