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Calaveras Board Tackles Fee Increases

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San Andreas, CA — While looking at a proposal to increase several county fees, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors made some exceptions during a study session Tuesday.

Since 2003, the board has been reviewing fees on an annual basis to cover the increasing cost of doing business.

A study session was held on this year´s fee proposal and the board made some clear indications on what it would approve once a formal recommendation came before them.

A proposal to decrease fees levied on Farmer´s Markets was met with opposition. Instead the board wanted to waive the fees all together. It says this will encourage the markets to get better established.

But the Calaveras County Farm Bureau wasn´t as lucky with its request to not increase fees on cattle scale inspections and certifications. The board indicated it would support raising the fee from $150 to $200.

And an increase in dog license fees might also be in the works. This proposal was suggested by the Domestic Animal Advisory Committee. If approved, licenses on altered dogs would go from $7 to $10 and on unaltered dogs fees would go from $15 to $20.

Written by Vanessa Turner.

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