Increasing fees

The cost of applying for a zoning variance in Bellevue could increase soon.

Council finance committee chairman Mark Helbling reported at the May 27 pre-council meeting that the committee recommended increasing the zoning hearing fee from $200 to $350 to better cover the costs of conducting a hearing.

The fee still will not cover all the costs, but Helbling and finance committee member Linda Woshner said that the committee felt that some costs should be “built into government” so as not to create a hardship for businesses and individuals.

"It would be hard for a (new) business to pay $500 to ask to put a sign up," Helbling said.

Council president Kathy Coder was absent from the meeting.

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