City of Cranbrook plans to raise administrative fees and charges

The City of Cranbrook is looking to raise fees that it charges for both general services and police services.

The City of Cranbrook is looking to raise fees that it charges for both general services and police services. Council approved the first three readings of the proposed Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 3832, 2015 at the Aug. 17 meeting.

In the report to council, city staff noted that they had worked to consolidate multiple amendments that had been approved since the original Fees and Charges Bylaw was adopted in 1994, in order to keep the bylaw current and updated.

“The recommended adjustments to the current fees are intended to assist with cost recovery for the production of documents, recognizing the increased costs associated since adoption of the original bylaw in 1994,” city staff wrote.

“New fees recommended for photocopying are included as they are missing from the current bylaw and represent costs to the city in both staff time and resources. New fees are also being proposed to capture costs being incurred by police services.”

City staff did a review of other municipalities to come up with the new fees and charges.

Some of the additions to the administrative fees general section includes: adjusting the fee for the List of Electors from $15 to $20; as well as adjust the NSF cheque service from $20 to $25.

Additions to the administrative fees police services section includes: adjusting copies of motor vehicle accident reports from $23 to $35; adjusting the fee for taxi or chauffeur permits from $25 to $50; and adjusting the fee for private investigator licensing from $35 to $60.

City staff also noted that Bylaw Services staff are looking at increasing parking meter fees and parking fines.

“An amendment will be brought forward when steps for implementation of new fees such as reprogramming parking meters will have been fully considered,” city staff wrote.