June 17, 2008

Hollywood to Consider Raising Fees

By The Miami Herald

Jun. 17--Hollywood will decide Wednesday whether to raise city fees for ambulance rides, fire inspections and water use to cover rising costs in a tight budget year.

Ambulance transportation could cost an extra $100 under the proposed increases, raising the cost of basic life support travel to $550, up from $450. The changes also increase the mileage charge to $12, up from $9.

Landlords and business owners might need to pay more for fire inspections and fire plan reviews, with owners of multifamily residential properties paying $22 per unit.

The old fees included a sliding scale, starting at $7 per unit for buildings that have between three and 11 units.

Most commercial property owners also will see their fire inspection fees jump, except for those who own buildings with fewer than 2,000 square feet. Those fees will drop to $52, down from $75.

Earlier this month, commissioners also tentatively approved a proposal to make its water and wastewater surcharges permanent with the rates changing each year based on the consumer price index.

They will take a final vote on those surcharges Wednesday.

Commissioners will discuss the fee changes during their regular meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Blvd. A public hearing on the water surcharges is set for 5 p.m.



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