New Year Brings New Fees for Residents and Non-Profits

Leery of raising taxes and issuing more debt some state and local governments are turning to fees to extract revenues from residents as well as hitherto exempt non-profits. The Wall Street Journal reports that cities from Houston to  Richmond, and Minneapolis are applying fees to non-profits for fixing street-lights, sewer drainage, and other services. The cost for some services has increased due to new EPA regulations for storm-water runoff, and real estate development. The cost of repairing storm systems in the U.S. is estimated at $250 billion by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Non-profits are protesting the fees in some places. Dade City, Florida and Chicago scrapped plans to levy fees on non-profits after being sued.