By STEVEN T. DENNIS
The Washington County Commissioners delayed a vote on raising permit fees Tuesday after some commissioners raised questions about the size and fairness of the proposed 50 percent hike.
The commissioners approved updated building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical codes but balked when it came to proposed rate hikes.
Paul Prodonovich, director of permits and inspections, had proposed increases in building, plumbing and electrical fees and proposed imposing fees for the first time on mechanical inspections.
The new fees would raise about $246,000 for the county in a good building year, Prodonovich said.
The increases would hit small projects harder than large projects on a percentage basis because of new application fees ranging from $20 to $75 for mechanical and electrical inspections.