City User Fees and Cost Allocation

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user_fees_spotlightPeriodically the City conducts a comprehensive cost allocation plan (CAP) and user fee study, to identify the costs associated with providing each non-tax supported service, and assign the fully-burdened rate (i.e. direct labor costs and indirect costs) of each City position involved in delivery of those services.

The purpose of the cost allocation plan is to ensure that the City identifies all costs associated with activities, including overhead, to determine the true cost of providing various City services, as well as indirect costs attributable to enterprise and other chargeable funds.

A User Fee is a charge for service provided by a governmental agency to the public. Several laws such as Propositions 4, 13, 26 and 218 set parameters under which the user fees can be established and administered by local government. User fees charged by local agencies may not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged.   

Historic User Fee & Cost Allocation Plan Data:

 

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