BATAVIA – Fees for some municipal services will be increased for the first time in about two decades under legislation passed Monday by the City Council.
Tax searches will double in price to $10, and returned checks will cost $20, also an increase of $5.
More significant is a proposed increase in fees for solicitors’ permits. City Clerk Heidi J. Parker recommended last month that permit fees be boosted from $25 to $200 for solicitors and vendors, an amount comparable to other cities. The increase would bring in about $1,500 in revenue, which, Parker noted, does not impact taxpayers but are fees for services.
Some Council members balked at so big an increase, so the Council is considering permits of $100 for food vendors and $200 for solicitors, usually door-to-door salespeople. In the current year, the city has received 33 applications from peddlers/solicitors, almost half from a security installer.
Tax exempt organizations that raise money, including school teams, are exempt but are supposed to notify City Hall before seeking funds.