By Dawn Krebs
PORT ST. LUCIE - A motion that passed unanimously at the Port St. Lucie City Council meeting on Aug. 13 wasn't discussed by the public or commented on by the council. But with its passing, city residents will see reduced fees across many areas in the city's engineering department.
Some fees, such as reviewing a plot plan, dropped by $35 from $450 to $415. But site plans for development, for example, dropped from $1,725 and $8.65 per acre down to $610 and $1 per acre.
In a June memo, Patricia Roebling, Port St. Lucie city engineer, requested the revisions to the city code.
"As part of the regulatory rethink project, the engineering department has constructed a review of the services we offer," she wrote.
"We found that the practice of increasing the fees as a flat percentage rate has resulted in fees that no longer reflect the true costs of the services."
After estimating the services the department provides to both residential and commercial customers, the department was able to reduce fees up to 81 percent.
"In this analysis, the estimated time for each service, as well as costs for personnel, office supplies and equipment were used to determine the fee," she wrote.
The overall average reduction for residential fees is 33 percent, and the average reduction for commercial inspection fees is 18 percent.