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New tax and fee rates go into effect today

July 01, 2004

The new tax and fee rates are:

Taxes


  • Real-estate property tax: $.798 per $100 of assessed value, an increase of 1.9 percent.

  • Business property tax: $1.995 per $100 of assessed value, an increase of 1.9 percent


New Fees


  • Planning Department zoning verification fee: $25 per single-family home; $50 for all others.

  • Fire department juvenile intervention program fee: $150 per child.


Old fees, higher rates


General government

  • Department of Motor Vehicle flagging for municipalities fee (for failing to pay fines) : $55, up $5.

  • Bad check fee: $35, up $2.

  • Annual trash collection: $98, up $7.


Engineering Department

  • New residential building permit: $5 per $1,000 of assessed value, up $1.50 per $1,000.

  • Commercial plumbing permit application fee: $50, up $30.

  • Commercial and residential plumbing, per fixture fee: $5, up $1.

  • Engineering review fee for a subdivision: $100 application fee, up $50; $50 per lot, up $40 per lot.

  • Engineering review fee for a site plan: $100 application fee, up $50; plus $100 per acre, up $90 per acre.

  • Engineering review fee for a traffic study: $1,500, up $1,000.


Planning department

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  • Simplified plat fee for a subdivision: $150, up $50.

  • Final plat fee for a subdivision: $200, up $50; plus $40 for each created lot, up $25.

  • Preliminary plat for a subdivision: $225, up $50; plus $40 per created lot, up $5.

  • Board of Zoning Appeals filing fee for a special exception: $300, up $50. Special exceptions to run an office out of a home will cost $75.

  • Board of Zoning Appeals filing fee for a variance for nonresidential customers: $250, up $100.

  • Board of Zoning Appeals filing fee for a change or expansion in nonconforming uses: $200, up $50.

  • Rezoning: $1,000 plus $10 per adjacent property, up $10 per adjacent property.

  • Full residential site plan: $200, up $100; plus $15 per unit, up $5.

  • Full nonresidential site plan: $400, up $200; plus $50 an acre (no change).

  • Staff-approved site plan: $150, up $50.


Police Department

  • Copy charges: $5 for first four pages; $1 each additional page; no change for first four pages, 75-cent increase for each additional page.

  • Civilian fingerprinting fee: $12.50, up $2.50.

  • Tape duplication fee: $25, up $10.

  • Special assignment fee (security, school events): $40, up $3.25.

  • Court document service: $35 per document, up $5.


Fire Department

  • Report copy fee: $5 for four pages, up $3.


Other changes

  • Parking deck permits: regular customers, $47.50 per month, up $2.50 per month; late fee, $10 (no change); city employees, $37.50 per month, up $2.50 per month); assigned space, $100 (no change).

  • Parking lot permits: All would increase $2.

  • Engineering review fee for a simplified plat: $75 flat fee (has been considered as either subdivision or site plan).


A few other city fee hikes are already effective or are scheduled to take effect later in the year, including water and sewer rates and annual passes for Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run.

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