Carver: Town-wide fee increases & additions to be considered

Carver Town Administrator Michael Milanoski has asked all departments in town to look at increasing fees, just one of several actions being taken to try and overcome current budget challenges.

The Board of Selectmen already approved some fee increases at their meeting Tuesday night, including fees for the Building Department, Beach and Transfer Station, and Town Owned Property Permits.

Carver Conservation Commission will be holding a public hearing on May 7th to discuss potential fee increases and additions for their department’s services and requests.

The  Commission had initial discussions on this issue at their meeting Wednesday night.

Conservation Agent Sarah Hewins said there are already fees in place for some services and requests, such as:  Requests for Determination of Applicability (RDA), Certificates of Compliance, and Notices of Intent (NOI).

“We do have fees now but compared to other towns they’re incredibly low,” Hewins said, “We really need to look at increasing fees.”

Hewins added that currently, NOI’s are a flat rate of $70 no matter what is done. She said the Commission will think about separating those into categories and having different rates for different types of projects.

Hewins suggested six NOI categories to the Commission: additions, pools, decks, etc. to existing homes, work done to new homes, roads, subdivisions and commercial buildings, dredging, docks and/or piers, and wetland delineation.

“Maybe having higher fees for projects that might be just considered part of the costs of doing business [like] a big commercial project or a subdivision,” Hewins said.

The Commission will also be considering adding fees to “extra” services the department provides that do not currently have costs associated with them.

Hewins said some of those “extras” include: doing work without a permit, emergency certifications, site visits, and making maps.

Hewins acknowledged that the money from the fees will go into the town’s general fund.

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About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.