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The new cost of Pasco bureacracy: $54 an hour



To help balance the $980-million Pasco County budget proposed for next year, the County Commission will be asked Tuesday to raise fees for zoning and growth management.

According to a memo by Sam Steffey, growth management administrator, the hourly cost to review plans is $54.36 an hour. The new fees will increase revenue by $485,000.

Even delays will come with a cost. If a developer asks for a delay, for example, the county would be due $326 for another hearing even if no more review is needed.

County Administrator John Gallagher said this week that building permits are 50 percent off what a task force predicted last year. But he said fees need to be adjusted to reflect actual work conducted by staff for developers.

-- David DeCamp/Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:30am]


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