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City of Independence

Agenda Title:

Approval is recommended to amend the Schedule of Fees for the City of Independence effective July 1, 2019.


Staff recommends approval.

Executive Summary:

The City’s Schedule of Fees sets the amount to be charged for various City services other than those set forth in the City Code or established by separate ordinance or resolution.   As required by the Missouri State Constitution, the revenues generated from the proposed fee amendments do not exceed the cost of providing the service.  Moreover, the proposed fees were compared to surrounding jurisdictions to ensure they are in line with regional averages.


The proposed changes recommended represent routine adjustments to fees to keep pace with inflation and changes in City services.  The proposed changes were incorporated into the revenue projections for the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20.

Proposed changes to Drop-Off Depot Fees are based on the actual costs of operating the Depot for the number of each type of vehicle that utilizes the service.  The proposed fees were compared to area providers for the same service and were determined to be at or below the fees charged by those providers.

The proposed fee for City information distributed on a flash drive would allow the City to recover costs associated with providing electronic records via flash drive.  Currently, the cost of a flash drive is not included in the Schedule of Fees.   Increasingly, Technology Services is receiving requests for information that contain amounts of data too large to fit on a CD.  Instead, records are provided on a flash drive.    This amendment adds the cost of a flash drive to the Schedule of Fees.

This amendment also adds fees to section VII. for Animal Services.  These fees include adoption, surrender, and other fees associated with animal shelter services.  The proposed fees were compared to area providers for the same service and were determined to be at or well below the fees charged by those providers


Fiscal Impact:

Drop-Off Depot Fee:

Estimated Costs to Operate 7 Events per year
Dumpsters – AAA $330/dumpster for 300 dumpsters $97,000
Grinding – MO Organic $15,900
Labor $20,000
Supplies (tickets) $780
Totals $133,680

Estimated Revenues from proposed Fees to be Collected

*Note: Fees are based on vehicle or trailer regardless of material hauled except as noted
Car $30/vehicle $1,815
Truck/SUV/Van $40/vehicle $67,856
Truck/SUV/Van/Trailer 8 feet or less $50/vehicle $16,870
Trailers Over 8 feet $60/vehicle $35,662
Appliances $20/appliance $2,860
Batteries – vehicle free
Mowers free
Tires 5 or less free
(above fees applies for more than 5 in per vehicle or trailer)
Total $125,063


The proposed Occupation License fees would generate approximately $200,000 in revenue.  The fees were reviewed by the Law Department and no issues were identified.  The proposed fees fall within the range of business license fees charged in the metro.

The estimated fiscal impact for the proposed Animal Service fees is $350,000.

Department:          FinanceContact Person:          Jessica Earl

Finance DepartmentApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
City Council Mgmt AnalystApproved
Finance DepartmentApproved
Law DepartmentApproved
City Managers OfficeApproved
City Clerk DepartmentApproved

Council Action:          Council Action:         

Schedule of Fees effective July 01, 2019Ordinance