Summit County Council considers raising fees for 2018
As Summit County Council members consider the various components of the 2018 budget, they must also contemplate the countywide fee schedule and the increases county staffers are proposing.
Council members were introduced to the amendments for the fee schedule on Wednesday during the Council meeting.
Fee increases were suggested in several areas, including the landfill tipping fees and the for the disposal of mattresses and tires. The cost to reserve county facilities were significantly raised under the proposals.
In the past, the county charged $20 an hour to reserve the Quonset Hut in Coalville for commercial uses and $50 an hour for social functions. The Quonest Hut was one of North Summit’s most popular facilities before it was demolished in October.
Construction is currently underway on the new multi-use building and community center at the county’s fairgrounds in Coalville. The proposed cost for county residents to reserve the space for a day is $250 and $750 for a non-resident. The suggested cost for reservations for commercial use is $250, plus an additional fee of $65 an hour. All of the uses would require a $400 security deposit.
“The fees are quite a bit more than what we were charging for the Quonset Hut because of the poor condition of that building,” said Helen Strachan, deputy Summit County attorney. “We decided to up the fees for what will be the new cultural center after we looked at fees from Oakley and across the state, and decided on these as our recommendation.”
Reservation fees were also adjusted for the county’s conference rooms and an hourly charge was removed. If approved, a flat rate of $25 will be assessed for a conference room if it is used during normal business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If the conference room is used outside of normal business hours, it will cost $50, up $30 from 2017.
Other recommended changes included increases for several landfill fees. Tipping fees are currently set at $33 per ton, with a $10 minimum at each landfill. However, Solid Waste Management’s expenses are increasing as the county transitions to a new lined facility, according to a county staff report. The recommended fees that are being considered:
- Three Mile Landfill- $35 per ton, a $2 increase of current rates
- Henefer Landfill- $33 per ton, represents no change
The new fee structure is designed to encourage people to take more materials to the Henefer Landfill. Staffers are also suggesting raising rates for mattress and tire disposal to help offset the costs incurred by the landfills. Recommended rates for mattresses and tire disposal are $12 and $10, respectively.
County Council members only spent about 20 minutes going through the new fee schedule and had few suggestions. The discussion was listed as a work session and no action was taken. The new fee schedule will likely be approved during the Dec. 13 meeting along with the 2018 budget.
To view the proposed fee schedule for 2018 go to http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/6987.
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