User Fees and Charges

Fees protect taxpayers from paying for discretionary services, but they are controlled by laws that prevent you from making a profit. These fees should be reviewed periodically to help ensure that the rates are appropriate, and Fiscal Choice can assist you in developing documentation to support and defend your rates. We can also help you compare your rates and costs with similar governments, and develop strategies for new rates. Some examples of our work include:

IMPLEMENTING USER FEE & RATE STUDIES

Our staff has conducted hundreds of user fee and rate studies for state and local governments that range in population from several thousand residents to many millions.

ANALYZING BILLABLE SERVICES

We have analyzed virtually every type of billable service in cities, counties and state agencies coast-to-coast, including services related to building and development, impact fees, health inspections, law enforcement, and public transactions such as filing and document fees. Our familiarity with the underlying services allows us to explore your options more thoroughly and develop defensible findings.

PROVIDING USER FEE EXPERTISE

We have spoken at the GFOA National Conference and many other associations on effective user fee strategies. We have been retained as experts in legal challenges to rates and fees.