With money tight, the Little Rock City Board will vote Tuesday on an ordinance to increase fees for building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and similar work permits.
A summary of the proposal says:
The last increase in fees was approved on December 13, 2005, with an effective date of January 1, 2006. This increase would amount to an approximate 3% increase across the board; however, some fees would remain unchanged. The City has delayed past fee increase proposals due to the down-turn in construction activity. For the past two (2) years, construction activity has rebounded and staff feels that this is the right time to increase fees. A survey was performed comparing the increased fees with the fees of other municipalities in the State and other municipalities our size regionally and Little Rock is comparable or below with this fee assessment and in many cases with the proposed fees.
Just by way of example: A building permit currently costs $1,158 for a $500,000 project and $1.60 for each additional $1,000 in cost. The change would up that to $1,191.30 and $1.65.
The amount the fees can be expected to produce isn’t given in the summary. It will depend on activity.
The city budget is on the agenda. The directors have been struggling to find a way to improve pay for city employees, with the most recent discussion being a small bonus rather than a pay increase, which City Manager Bruce Moore previously had said the city couldn’t afford.