NEW MILFORD — Town officials are looking to increase a series of fees — many of which have not been updated in about a decade.
The three departments most affected by the proposed changes are the health, zoning and public works departments.
Town Council set a public hearing to discuss the proposed rates at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in Town Hall.
“These fee changes are consistent with what’s being charged with surrounding towns,” Mayor David Gronbach said.
Gronbach said fee increases are needed to cover operational costs in these departments, taking the burden off taxpayers.
Some of the proposed fee changes
Septic permits: $200 to $250 for a new septic and $75 to $125 for a repair or replacement
Site work (includes soil testing): $50 to $100 for deep hole and percolation tests and $50 to $75 for site inspection
Day care centers: $50 to $100 for annual license
Public Works Department
Driveways (new fee): $50 to repair a right of way, $100 for reconstruction, $200 for new
Special permit: $250 to $300
Amending zoning regulations: $250 and publication costs to $300
Change of use: $30 to $60
Francis said those paying the fees are taxpayers, too, and that some increases discourage home and business owners from improving their assets. She said every dollar matters for some households and small businesses, and increasing fees could pose a hardship for them.
“Aren’t we adding insult to injury?” she said.
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