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St. Petersburg wants to charge residents a $2 fee to pay bills online



St. Petersburg is chasing nickels and dimes to meet projected revenues for 2013.

The latest fee headed for residents could be for the convenience of paying city bills online or on the telephone. The charge for each transaction: $2.00. 

St. Petersburg hopes to raise $325,000. Residents wouldn’t be assessed the fee if they pay the bill in person. 

The Billings & Collections Department proposed the fee increases. 

The department hopes to raise another $230,000 by increasing fees for special assessments on utility account from $35 to $55; security alarm permits from $10 to $25; and creating a special assessment lien filing and releasing fee of $35.

The City Council will read the proposed ordinance tonight and vote on Nov. 1 after a public hearing. 

The proposed fees come weeks after citizens blasted Mayor Bill Foster and his administrator for promoting a fire readiness fee to raise about $10 million in order to cover a budget gap. The City Council instead increased property taxes.  Residents preferred paying higher taxes instead of being barraged with service fees. 


[Last modified: Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:38am]


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