Fees for building permits and land use applications will be increasing 50% starting July 1, 2023. The increase was approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners during its regular meeting on Feb. 21.
Both Building Services and Development Review/Current Planning have been struggling with budget shortfalls in recent years. Unlike some other area jurisdictions, these workgroups are supported entirely by the fees paid for applications and related services. In short, these revenues are not keeping up with rising costs.
Cost reduction/recovery measures included:
Incremental fee increases in both FY 2020-21 and FY 2022-23. These increases did not sufficiently address the budget shortfalls
Spending down fund balances
Voluntary Separation Program and Voluntary Work Schedule Reductions
Positions vacated through attrition left unfilled