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FC raises fees for building permits
FALLS CITY -- Citing a need for increased revenue for maintaining and upgrading infrastructure, the Falls City City Council voted at its May 16 meeting to increase its building permit fees.
Permits will now carry an initial fee of $100. An additional 30 cents per square foot will be tacked onto new residential construction permits, while new commercial construction will carry a 40-cent-per-square-foot additional fee.
“Falls City permit fees have been so low, for so long, that we needed to address this issue,” Mayor Brent Houdmann said after the meeting. “With a very limited means of revenue, we need to somehow find a way to pay for maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure without putting such a financial burden on the citizens. We are predicting a lot of growth in Falls City over the next five to 10 years, and we need to be proactive and not reactive.”
The council also added a permit fee for billboards, with a fee schedule based on the sign’s square footage. City Secretary Lauren Sturm said the starting fee is $150, which will be assessed on signs with an area of up to 100 square feet.
In other business, the council is planning to hold a public hearing to amend its ordinance related to the regulation of sexually oriented businesses. Sturm said the hearing is set for Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m.
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