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Palo Alto overhauls development fees

Original post made on Oct 3, 2017

The cost of doing business in Palo Alto is about to change for builders, home renovators, and creators of parade floats under a newly approved overhaul to the municipal fee schedule.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:26 AM

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Posted by OMG
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this:
Carnivals and Fairs ($189 to $1456)

My local school will definitely feel the impact!

How is this keeping up with inflation?


31 people like this
Posted by Dan
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:32 am

Rather than reflecting the amount of time and money that the city spends on performing the service, it would be better for these fees to reflect the value added by the city service. Then almost all of the fees would drop dramatically and most things wouldn't require any permit at all.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

Online Name is a registered user.

How great that developers of multi-family structures are getting fee breaks while schools and other civic-minded groups won't. NOT.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

Online Name is a registered user.

PS: Dan above is exactly right that this should be a fee-for-service proposition,

Why has the city suddenly become a part owner of our homes and their appreciation first with the document transfer tax and now this? If they were providing enhanced services for residents, I might understand.

Their priority should be providing cost-effective services, not treating us like cash cows while they keep devising more and more fees and surcharges to fund their out-of-control spending.


39 people like this
Posted by Allen
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 3, 2017 at 11:48 am

Why is it that everytime I read something my city council does I get the feeling they work for developers and not for the citizens? Do the city council members get some kind of kick back or campaign financing that is more important than representing their voters? Sure seems like it.


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Posted by Garden Gnome
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm

"Fees should reflect the amount of time and money that the city spends on performing the service."

"A permit for a parade float will go up from $122 per hour to $351."

So if the time per hour isn't changing (this is Palo Alto, so perhaps not a valid assumption), is the city really spending more money performing this service?


23 people like this
Posted by absurd
a resident of Mayfield
on Oct 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

Don't raise fees on fun for kids. That's just absurd. Raise the fine for the construction violations. That's what they should raise because those happen oh so often.


10 people like this
Posted by WTF
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm

I had to check to see it wasn't April 1 today. This is material worthy of The Onion.


15 people like this
Posted by Doris
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm

This needs more work. Seems very regressive to me.


8 people like this
Posted by Eric Blair
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 4, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Newspeak .... Overhaul really means a big cost increase

The farther the word is from the original meaning the more extreme it is, and bigger cheat to citizens.


6 people like this
Posted by C
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm

What is that saying? You deserve the government you vote for, or in democracy you get the government you deserve? Something like that. Keep voting the same, and you get more of the same. Was anyone surprised when the article said 'about to change'? How is it that the comments board 100% in agreement, yet our local leaders think this serves the community somehow?


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