People will have to pay more to do business at Town Hall with new and higher fees the Town Board approved Wednesday.
Supervisor Frank Quinn said the town had not raised its fees substantially in the last four years. The board wanted to increase them to reflect the cost of providing these services.
“Our expenses keep going up. We’ve got to keep track of the revenue side too,” he said.
Most of the fees deal with building and construction projects. Residential building construction fees increased from $2.20 per $1,000 of construction value to $2.50 per $1,000. Fees for area variances increased from $225 to $250 plus a $50 surcharge for each additional area variance included with the application. The use variance fee increased from $300 to $500. There will also be new fees of $50 for Planning and Zoning Commission review of sketch plans and $150 for commission review of revised sketch plans.
Quinn said the board had planned to increase the fees and included the revenue in the budget. The increases are supposed to generate between $30,000 and $35,000 in additional revenue, assuming activity at Town Hall stays the same.