Fees for community and public service areas have been given approval by the Ann Arbor city council at its May 19, 2014 meeting.
For community services, increases affected stall fees at the Ann Arbor public market (farmers market). The basic annual fee for renting a stall was $300. It was increased to $450 – a 50% increase.
The farmers market stall fee increase is projected to generate $26,000 in additional revenue. However, this additional revenue has not been assumed in the proposed FY 2015 budget.
According to the staff memo accompanying the agenda item, “market fees were last increased in 2009 and have not kept pace with the overall increase of annual operating costs during this same time period.” A comparative analysis of Ann Arbor’s fees also showed that Ann Arbor’s fees are well below those of comparable markets.
In the public services area, new fees for a variety of services were also approved – for such items as site plan review, soil and sedimentation control. According to the staff memo accompanying the agenda item, the increases consider labor, material and supplies, equipment, and overhead cost and are aimed at full cost recovery. The increases are generally in the range of 1% to 5%.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron.