Calfire officials requested to postpone fire prevention fee billing for 2012-13, according to a press release from the California State Board of Equalization. The fire prevention fee is charged to residents of rural areas that are serviced by Calfire employees, including some residents in San Benito County.
Local residents will soon see higher fees for some services such as applying for a marriage license, filing a fictitious business statement and some other services at the San Benito County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voter’s office.
The environmental impact review for the San Benito County general plan update is slated to be released on Friday to begin a 45-day comment period that will end on April 8, according to County Planning Director Gary Armstrong.
The San Benito County supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, with the regular agenda including several items to be brought back for discussion from previous meetings.
The recent revelation that the county has gradually spiked health inspection fees for booths at the farmers market is a stark reminder of hypocrisy in local government. While legally abiding businesses have played by the rules and forked over more of their money year after year – supposedly to offset inspection costs and keep the public safe – authorities have ignored enforcement of illegal street vendors.
The San Benito County Board of Supervisors approved an increase in fees collected by the public works department for engineering services and development processing as well as park facility rentals.
The San Benito County Environmental Health Department has been gradually jacking up health inspection fees for booths at the Hollister Downtown Farmers Market, and now some of those previous participants have said enough is enough.