May 27, 2024

The Board of Supervisors Tuesday set a June 4 public hearing to consider a series of proposed increases to fees for permits issued by the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, whose director pointed out the hikes being sought are not based solely on inflationary pressures.

“We’re not using only the consumer price index model,” agency Director Jeff Johnson told the board. “We’re looking at the costs and assignments on our end … (which are) variable across different aspects of what we regulate.”

Johnson emphasized the department did not seek any fee adjustments for the current fiscal year and is now seeking to offset expenses that have grown beyond what the agency can absorb and stay within budget.

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