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Public Hearings     |     City Council Agendas & Summaries


May 20, 2003 Public Hearing:
 

  1. FY 2004 and FY 2005 Biennial Budget and Increasing Fees for City Services

The City Council will conduct a Public Hearing on FY 2004 and FY 2005 Biennial Budget.  This is one of two public hearings on the budget.  The second public hearing will be held on June 17, 2003.

 

In addition, the City Council will conduct a public hearing on fee increases as proposed below for various City services at the meeting of May 20, 2003.

  1. Residential Rental Property Owners Rental Housing Safety Program

  2. Fire Prevention Fees

  3. Paramedic Transport Fees

  4. Collection of Refuse and Organics, Transfer Station Disposal, and Special Services Fees

  5. Sewer Services Fees

  6. Jail Administrative Booking Fees

  7. Planning and Development Fees

  8. Environmental Health Fees

  9. Parking Rates for Lots and Garages

  10. Animal Care Shelter Fees

  11. Waterfont Berthing Rate Schedule

  12. Parks, Recreation, Swim Facilities and Recreation and Camps Program Fees


 

  1. Residential Rental Property Owners Rental Housing Safety Program

    The Housing Department is proposing to revise the fee structure for services rendered through the Rental Housing Safety Program (RHSP).  The RHSP includes all housing code enforcement activities, such as inspections of units and buildings initiated by tenant-complaints when housing code violations are suspected.  The Program also includes both random and selective inspections of tenant-occupied units and buildings to identify existing or potential housing code violations before they compromise the safety and well being of tenants.  Lastly, the Program includes monitoring of gas heating inspections and self-certification forms for all rental units.  These combined activities are designed to have property owners, tenants, and the City take preventative measures to improve the safety of rental units, and expedite the correction of identified housing code violations.  

     

    The proposed fee structure for the RHSP is as follows:

     

    • All residential rental units including single family residences and duplexes, will be charged a flat fee of up to $25.00 per unit; all residential hotels and boarding houses with five or more rooms will be charged a flat fee of up to $12.50 per room. 

    • The inspection fee schedule for residential units and buildings cited for housing code violations will be modified as follows:

     

    Inspection Type

    Fee

    1st Inspection With Violation

    $100.00

    1st Reinspection

    $200.00

    All Other Reinspections

    $300.00

     

    The proposed fee structure is intended to assist the City in recovering all costs associated with the RHSP Program.  The revised fee structure will generate approximately $645,000 per year in revenue.  For further information, contact Teri Piccolo at (510) 981-5420 or Carlos Romo at (510) 981-5440.

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  2. Fire Prevention Fees

    The Fire Department proposes an increase in Fire Prevention Inspection Fees and Permit Fees consistent with current industry standards.  The proposed fees reflect the increased cost associated with providing fire inspection services.

     

     

    Current Fees

    Proposed Fees

    Percent Change

    Inspection

    $41.50/qtr hr

    $53.00/qtr hr 

    27%

    Permit

    $45.00/qtr hr

    $53.00/qtr hr

    18%

     

    For further information, contact Reginald Garcia, Fire Chief, at (510) 981-5500.

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  3. PARAMEDIC TRANSPORT FEES

    The Fire Department proposes an increase in fees as approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and to recover revenues lost from Alameda County EMS District and Medicare plan changes.  The amount of fee increase will vary according to nature of the emergency call and service provided.  The fees are intended to assist the City in covering the costs associated with maintaining a paramedic transport program.  The proposed fee increases are as follows:

     

     

    Current Fees

    Proposed Fee

    Percent Change

    Advanced Life Support Base Rate

    $750.00

    $832.00

    11%

    Basic Life Support Base Rate

    $495.00

    $549.00

    11%

    Mileage

    $14.75

    $16.50

    12%

     

    For further information, contact Reginald Garcia, Fire Chief, at (510) 981-5500.

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  4. COLLECTION OF REFUSE AND ORGANICS, TRANSFER STATION DISPOSAL, AND SPECIAL SERVICES FEES

    The Public Works Department is proposing an increase of up to 7% in rates for the collection of refuse and compostable materials, for special services, and increases in fees at the City’s Solid Waste Transfer Station, to cover anticipated increases in the refuse collection and disposal costs.  For further information, call Becky Dowdakin, Solid Waste Transfer Station, (510) 981-6357.    

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  5. SEWER SERVICE FEES

    The Public Works Department is proposing to increase Sewer Service Fees (SSF) up to 6% per year for FY 2004 and FY 2005 in order to keep up with inflation.  This additional revenue will be used to partially offset rising health benefit costs, salary COLA increases, and statutory benefit costs, which are expected to outpace the inflation rate.  For further information, please contact Darryl Moore at (510) 981-6306.

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  6. JAIL ADMINISTRATIVE BOOKING FEES

    The Police Department is proposing a 52% increase in Jail Administrative Booking Fees from $125.00 to $190.00 charged to agencies that book into the Berkeley City Jail.  This percentage increase will be in accordance of what will be proposed by the Sheriff of Alameda County.  For further information contact Roy L. Meisner, Chief of Police at (510) 981-5700.

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  7. PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT FEES

    The Planning and Development Department is proposing increasing existing and adding new fees for development related services.  If adopted, the new fees will become effective 60 days from Council action.  The proposed increases to fees are calculated to provide funds to cover increased labor costs including 6% cost of living and 3% equity adjustments, support new services, and enhance cost recovery of certain programs.  A summary of the proposal follows: 

     

    Building and Safety:  9% increase to all fees for Building Permits, Plan Check and related services, to cover increased costs associated with cost of living and equity adjustments of 9% and 

  • Expand technology fee to other building related permits to pay for computer system and software improvements;

  • Add Permit Extension fee to cover administrative costs of extending permits 1 year;

  • Add Green Building fee to support program staff and operating costs; and

  • Add geotechnical peer review fee to cover cost of complying with the California Hazards Mapping Act.

Engineering:  9% increase to all fees, except those set by state law, to cover increased costs associated with cost of living and equity adjustments of 9%, and add project engineering review fees to cover staff costs associated with the implementation of the Creeks Ordinance.

 

Zoning and Landmarks and Condominium Conversions:  9% increase to all Zoning, Landmarks, and Condominium Conversion fees with the following exceptions: sign and awning review; appeals fees; and fees set by the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance to cover increased costs associated with cost of living and equity adjustments of 9%.  Raise map fee to $25 to cover cost printing large colored maps for the public.  To improve cost recovery from 50% to 75%, increase the following fees:

 

Application Type

Current Fee

Proposed Fee

AUP

 

 

- Major residential

$671

$1,071

- In residential district

$671

$1,071

- All others

$453

$714

Design Review

 

 

- Staff level <$50 k

$436

$714

- Staff level >$50k

$700

$1,160

- DRC level <$50k

$818

$1,071

- DRC level >$50k

$1,350

$1,607

Environmental Review

 

 

- Initial Study/Negative Declaration

$1,090

$1,785

- Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

$1,908

$3,124

Use Permits

 

 

- Use Permit with Public Hearing (w/<$500,000 valuation)

$158

$3,570

Variances

$2,147

$4,463

 

Add the following new fees:

  • Use Permit Monitoring fee to cover the costs association with monitoring and reporting;

  • Records Management Fee to convert paper files to imaging;

  • Housing Density Bonus fee to cover staff time associated with completing analysis;

  • Zoning burn letters regarding non-conforming properties;

  • Zoning research;

  • Oak tree review; and

  • Plan review of building permits to cover cost associated with verifying project conformance with conditions of approval

Toxics Management:  No fee increase. 

 

For further information, contact Laura Allen, Senior Management Analyst, (510) 981-7403 Planning and Development Department.

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  1. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH FEES

    The Health and Human Services Department is proposing an increase of up to 7% and 8.5% for Fiscal Year 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 respectively in Health and Sanitation Permits and Fees for Fixed Units and Demand Services, to offset the cost of living, fringe benefits, and non-personnel costs.  For further information call Alex Schnieder, Director of Environmental Health at (510) 981-5310.

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  2. PARKING RATES FOR LOTS AND GARAGES

    The City is proposing several changes to the fees and policies for monthly and short-term parking at Center Street Garage, Oxford Lot and Sather Gate Garage:

     

    1. Reduce the number of private monthly parking permits in Center Street Garage from 240 to 180;

    2. Increase private monthly parking permit fees in Center Street and Sather Gate garages from $115 to market rate of $150 (Monthly permits in privately-owned downtown garages range from $150-$165.);

    3. Increase the number of monthly High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) parking permits for vehicles with three or more passengers at Center Street Garage from 13 to 40;

    4. Maintain HOV monthly parking permit fee at Center Street Garage at $45 per month;

    5. Increase short-term parking charges Center Street and Oxford Lot as follows:
       

     

    Current

    Proposed

    Market Rate

    Up to 60 minutes (one hour)

    Free

    $1.00

    $ 2.25

    61 – 120 minutes (up to two hours)

    $1.50

    $3.00

    $4.50

    121 – 180 minutes (up to three hours)

    $3.50

    $6.00

    $6.75

    181 – 240 minutes (up to four hours)

    $6.50

    $10.00

    $9.00

    241 – 300 minutes (up to five hours)

    $10.50

    $15.00

    $11.25

    more than 300 minutes (five hours or more)

    $12.00

    $15.00

    $12.00

    Daily maximum

    $12.00*

    $15.00

    $12.00

    Lost ticket 

    $12.00*

    $15.00

    $12.00

     

    *Oxford Lot daily maximum and lost ticket are currently $15.00.  Center Street is $12.00.

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  3. ANIMAL CARE SHELTER FEES

    The current board, care and quarantine fees do not cover the expenses incurred for the services related to the fees. The proposed fee increases will partially offset the costs at the shelter while offering increased incentive for animal owners/guardians to take more responsibility for their pets.  Proposed fee increases are as follows:

     

    Board and Care

     

    Dogs

    $15/day

    Cats

    $10/day

    Quarantine Dogs

    $150

    Quarantine Cats

    $100

    Home Quarantine

    $75

    Livestock

    $2.25-$7.50

    Small Animal

    $.75

     

     

    Adoption

     

    Dogs

    $25

    Cats

    $15

    Small animals

    $5

     

     

    Impound Fees - Licensed dog

     

    Impound

    $25

    Unaltered

    $35

     

     

    Impound Fees - Unlicensed dog

     

    Impound

    $40

    Unaltered

    $35

     

     

    Cat impound fee

    $15

     

     

    Pick up fee

    $25

     

     

    Surrender Fee

     

    Dog

    $20

    Dog unlicensed

    $30

    Litter Puppies

    $25

    Cat

    $20

    Litter kittens

    $20

    Small Animal

    $5

     

     

    License fee

     

    1 year altered dog license

    $7.50

    1 year permanently non-fertile dog license

    $7.50

    3 year altered dog license

    $18

    3 year permanently non-fertile dog license

    $18

    1 year unaltered dog license (if no violations)

    $30

    1 year unaltered dog license (with violations)

    $60

    1 year unaltered cat license

    $30

    Replacement tag-altered dog license

    $3

    Replacement tag- perm.non-fertile dog license

    $3

    Replacement tag- temp.non-fertile dog license

    $3

    Replacement tag- unaltered dog license

    $6

    Replacement tag- unaltered cat

    $6

    Late license renewal penalty

    $9

     

     

    Vicious Animal Permit

     

    1 year

    $50/per animal

     

     

    Microchip Identification (optional)

     

    Each

    $25

     

     

    Spay/Neuter Deposit – Dog adopted from shelter

    $75

    Spay/Neuter Deposit – Cat adopted from shelter

    $50

     

     

    License Fee Waivers/Reductions

     

     

     

    Low-income (except unaltered dog/cat license)

    Free

    Senior Citizen (except unaltered dog/cat license)

    Free

    Service Dog

    Free

    Adopted dog from shelter one-year license

    Free

    Adopted dog from shelter three-year license

    $12

    Adopted dog or cat from animal shelter-microchip

    Free

     

    For further information, contact Kate O’Connor, (510) 981 6601

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  1. WATERFRONT BERTHING RATE SCHEDULE

The Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department is proposing an increase in the berth rate schedule for Fiscal Year 2003-04 as follows:  1) increase base berth rates by 4%, increase the progressive size rate from 4% to 5%, and increase the rate for upwind and double finger slips from 5% to 6%; and 2) increase other Marina service fees as specified.

 

CURRENT SERVICE FEES

PROPOSED SERVICE FEE INCREASES

Upwind/Single

5% to Base Rate

Upwind/Single

10% to Base Rate

Dry Storage 24X8

$65.00

Dry Storage 24X8

$70.00

Dry Storage 28X8

$75.00

Dry Storage 28X8

$80.00

Skiffs

$65.00

Skiffs

$70.00

Monthly Lockers

 $12.50

Monthly Lockers

$15.00

Live-Aboard Fee

 $125.00

Live-Aboard Fee

$135.00

Labor Fees (per occurrence)

 $30.00

Labor Fees (per occurrence)

$40.00

Waitlist

$40.00

Waitlist

$40.00

Daily Launch Ramp

$5.00

Daily Launch Ramp

$5.00

Visitor Fees Per Foot

$.40

Visitor Fees Per Foot

$.50

Chaining Fee (per occurrence)

$35.00

Chaining Fee (per occurrence)

$40.00

Daily Impound Fee

$30.00

 Daily Impound Fee

$35.00

Electronic Key

$15.00

 Electronic Key

$15.00

Tide Books

$1.00

 Tide Books

$1.00

Lien Fees

$100.00

 Lien Fees

$100.00

Private Dock Charter Fee

$.50 per person

Private Dock Charter Fee

$.50 per person

Charter Boat Fee (per event)

$25.00

& $1.00 per person

 Charter Boat Fee (per event)

$25.00

& $1.00 per person

For further information, call Cliff Marchetti at (510) 644-6376 ext. 222.

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  1. PARKS, RECREATION, SWIM FACILITIES AND RECREATION AND CAMPS PROGRAM FEES

    The Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department is proposing a new fee schedule for Fiscal Year 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 for park, recreation, swim facilities, and recreation and camp programs. In most instances, recreation fees are below the averages of other agencies in the surrounding area. Proposed fees for Fiscal Year 2004 will show more equity with other agencies.  In addition, Fiscal Year 2004 & Fiscal Year 2005 fees will provide for cost of living and equity adjustments and enhance cost recovery of certain programs. Percentage of increases range between 4% and 117%. In general, a 25-29% increase is proposed.  Call Virginia Vafa, (510) 981-6700 for more information.

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The data for calculating the fees is based upon the cost of providing these services, and a detailed report is available for review in the City Clerk Department, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley.

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