August 04, 2020

Old Town proposes increases to fees charged to the public

OLD TOWN – The Old Town City Council met Thursday to discuss proposed fee increases for everything from cemetery lots to building permits.

“Most of the changes are in some of the lower numbers, $5 or $10 increases,” said Old Town City Manager John Lord. “Many haven’t been changed since 1997. These aren’t large sums of money and won’t balance our budget but we should keep up with the times.”

The proposed increases will be on the agenda for approval at the next regularly scheduled meeting, set for 7 p.m. April 3.

The following is a list of the proposed fee changes:

. Code enforcement: Building permits, sign permits, electrical permits, use permits, timber harvesting, planning board services and zoning applications all have proposed increases that range between $5 and $25.

. Cemetery fees: The proposed increase for cemetery lots from $200 to $300 for residents, and from $300 to $500, for nonresidents. Cemetery fees for grave openings, cremation openings and winter interments are also set to increase.

. Public works: Transfer station resident sticker costs will increase to $10. Community center rental, road openings and sewer cleaning fees also have proposed increases.

. Emergency services: The ambulance cost changes reflect state of Maine recommendations.

. Library: The proposed out-of-town library user fees would increase to $4.27, from $4.07.

. Clerical: Copies of the charter and accident reports, combined special amusement and liquor licenses and photocopies cost also will increase.

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